Monday, September 29, 2014 5:46 AM

We Shot Ourselves

Monday, September 29, 2014 5:46 AM
Monday, September 29, 2014 5:46 AM

I have said many times before that the war on poverty is not a Biblical program. I know that this disturbs some. There is a clear teaching in the Bible that if a work is of God it will succeed. The war on poverty has not succeeded despite 16 trillion dollars because work is a command. 

There is also a clear teaching in the Bible that work is ordained by God…not only work, but hard work and hard work until we die. This is not modern thinking on work, but it is God’s thinking.

Gen3.19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken;  for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

 Eph4.28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

This is the failed result of the war on poverty; more people in poverty, ruined families, and a lost work ethic. Not only has the war on poverty harmed those that it was meant to help; it has harmed our entire culture and way of life... there are 300 million walking wounded. Nothing succeeds against God’s teaching no matter how well intended.

If God is against it, Satan is for it. Satan might not have known the details of  the destruction, but he knew it would be bad if God was against welfare. God wants all of His people cared for, but it is done through honest work and grace charity...not required giving by taxation. 

Despite spending almost $16 trillion since declaring war on poverty — which is more than the National Debt that has accumulated throughout our 235-year history — welfare programs have failed to reduce poverty. Throwing $16 trillion at poverty has not ended poverty; in fact, poverty has grown. And evidence strongly suggests that efforts to end it have actually hurt many of the people it was intended to help. A recent report by the Heritage Foundation notes that “poverty in America is overwhelmingly linked to the absence of fathers and a lack of work, but welfare payments have had the destructive effects of eroding marriage and the work ethic in low-income communities. ...When the War on Poverty began, 7 percent of children were born out of wedlock; today, the figure is over 40 percent.” JAMES H. "SMOKEY" SHOTT Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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