Barack Obama has been quoted in an interview on saying this about if/whether/how he will support faith based initiatives if he gets elected:
“You know, what I’d like to do is I’d like to see how [the faith based initiatives have] been operating. One of the things that I think churches have to be mindful of is that if the federal government starts paying the piper, then they get to call the tune. It can, over the long term, be an encroachment on religious freedom. So, I want to see how moneys have been allocated through that office before I make a firm commitment in terms of sustaining practices that may not have worked as well as they should have.”(from an interview with Christianity today http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/januaryweb-only/104-32.0.html?start=2)
I think he is right on this – Christians are first and foremost citizens of God’s kingdom, over and obove allegiance to any national government or group. Our task it to demonstrate God’s kingdom to the world through acts and words of love. Nothing should hinder this. This does not mean Christians should not get involved in politics or whatever, but should be very aware that the priorities of politics, government, and nation are often very different from the priorities of God. A look at how Jesus reacts to these questions can tell us a lot. For example, (see Matt 22:15-22, Luke 12:13-21) he refuses to accept the basis of human, political, and legal questions in order to point his hearers to the characteristics that are in line with his kingdom. This his just an example of how different governmental and political concerns can be to those which Christians should be concerned about.
Sure, take the money and use it for good, but don’t let government call the tune.