This is a follow-up to a recent post that I did entitled “Equal Outcomes or Equal Justice”. In this article I wrote that The War on Poverty that began in the 60’s was unbiblical. This may seem either harsh or unfair to some, but the statistics have shown from the beginning that this program and all of its iterations has been an abject failure. It continues to be a failure today. Here is another quote by the AP written on Sept. 10-2010.
“The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama's watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty. ...
It's unfortunate timing for Obama and his party just seven weeks before important elections when control of Congress is at stake.
The anticipated poverty rate increase--from 13.2 percent to about 15 percent--would be another blow to Democrats struggling to persuade voters to keep them in power.”
The problem with these programs is not in the intentions. The problem is that government institutionalizes and politicizes programs and an institution protects and helps itself, not its clients.
Helping those in need is a Christian duty and we see Christians helping others before they were even called Christians. The first use of the word “need” is in Acts 2, and the first use of the word “Christian” is in Acts 26.
Acts2.45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
Acts26.28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”
Paul writes in Romans15.25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. Here we see the earliest Christians already taking care of those in need and doing so because they truly wanted to.
It is Biblical for individuals to help those in need, it is Biblical for individuals to organize and help others, and it is Biblical to use Government to facilitate the help, but it is not Biblical to take from one to give to another.
Published on Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 8:17 AM CDT