Who Should Take Care of the Poor???
When it comes to taking care of those in need there are many ways to look at the solution, here are the top 3 extremes: 1) The government should take care of them through entitlements
2) Nobody should take care of them, everyone should earn 100%
3) We as individuals and us as the Church should take care and empower others
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These are the three extremes, and many mixes are between the three, but ultimately each person must decide how the poor should receive assistance, if any at all.
(None of this is meant as a political statement, but it does come from a biblical worldview)
The government’s job according to Thomas Jefferson is to “enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness.” This does not mean enabling people to never work for themselves. Instead, it means provide national security and protection from threats, local and foreign.
For nearly the last 100 years, it has been casted on the government to take care of the poor and needy, but it was never meant that way.
The second view that nobody should take care of the poor would have resulted in a system similar to ancient Rome, where it was basically utilitarianism, you are only as valuable as your use to society, for example babies were chucked off a cliff if they were deformed, because they would otherwise be a drain on society.
But, a person’s worth is not found in his or her usefulness, it is found in God’s image that is implanted in each person.
The last view represented what Jesus and the biblical authors thought. Proverbs explains, “Whoever cares for the poor makes a loan to the Eternal; such kindness will be repaid in full and with interest.”
The Church needs to step up. I need to step up. We were meant to take care of the helpless and those who need a hand up, and empower them to live successfully without enabling them. The government has taken over that responsibility because we weren’t doing it consistently!
Do I sound idealistic? Yes, but it really just starts with little everyday choices, choose to volunteer, choose to empower, choose to give a hand up rather than a hand out.
As the verse says, we ultimately are not even “sacrificing” anything, we are simply investing in a Heavenly future that we help create when we empower the poor.
 Proverbs 19:17