Emma Green has an essay over at The Atlantic which asks Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?
Dismantling the welfare state as thoroughly as he [Trump] has proposed would be a radical overhaul of the American system. It would shift not just government, but the way organizations that partner with it—including a lot of religious groups—provide services to the poor and vulnerable.
Read the whole thing and then consider this. Perhaps a better question to ask is: Why did we religious folk allow government to usurp our proper role in caring for the poor and the distressed?