It's not, though. There is nothing inconsistent about it in the least.You are not a believer, so it isn't inconsistent for you to say you don't believe in it. For a someone who claims that the Bible is the inspired word of God to say that they believe it is wrong for their tax dollars to be spent on helping the poor -- it just seems inconsistent to me.
You're not "supposed" to be anything. We're talking about whether early Christians were socialists, and they were not. Jesus DID teach to help the less fortunate, but that is a MORAL command, not a political one. Thankfully, we do not have a theocratic system in place. Besides, if you are paying your taxes (only SOME of which go to help the indigent; much of which goes to kill them around the world) simply out of fear of prison, then there IS no moral component to that. It's not charity if it's at gunpoint. Who does more to help the poor: the wealthy man who exploits tax loopholes to play less to the government, but donates a large portion of his income to charitable causes, or the average man who pay his taxes but has never fed a homeless person or donated time or effort to anything?Sure, Christians have a religious obligation to give voluntarily charity, but they don't have a religious obligation to oppose helping the needy via taxes. Christians are commanded by Jesus to pay taxes and submit to what was an oppressive, sometimes hostile, and idolatrous government. If that is not contradictory to Christianity, it's an awfully big stretch to me to believe that I'm supposed to be outraged about a poor person receiving tax-funded help for their basic physical needs.