Originally Posted by Meli65
How can you be a Christian and not care for the poor? And by that I mean, even if YOU have enough time and money to give to the poor (that is, the poor that you find deserving enough to receive your gifts) why shouldn't the United States, the most powerful government on earth, have leaders in place who honestly care for the poor? Who honestly believe in the idea "thou shalt not kill?"
This statement assumes several things that I do not agree as being right. You assume that because I do not support Govt welfare that I do not care for the poor. I give to the poor, out of my pocket, time, and things. And that nobody ever has enough money, you just make that a priority. giving has to come off the top of the budget or else it never will get done. And yes I do give to those I find deserving. I know how to help those people who I have a heart for, Which are battered women in my case due to my past. I know for instance that they need clothing for work, childcare, stuff to set up a house, and safe places to hide in. So there for I donate nice suits, time and appliances to the local shelter. I do not have a heart for the homeless because I can't relate to them. My friend on the other had does so he donates his time and effort to them and not to the womens shelter.
I do agree that we should have leaders who care for the poor, and weak. I do not agree that it is the Govt. place to provide for everybody. This is not a socialist, or communist govt. This is a democracy. There will be wealthy and poor. (Which as a side note My family happens to be classified as Working poor. But I think the line is way to high. We have no needs that are not being met. )
|(That doesn't mean "pro-life" by the way -- I am a firm believer that making abortions illegal just makes abortions illegal -- it does nothing to solve the problem of abortions.)
I agree with you on this point, some what. I am pro-life, but I agree that is only part of the problem. If we were a people who embraced children and stood for the family we wouldn' t have so many who wanted to have abortions.
|And Jesus was all about love, IMO. I really don't think he would be saying things like "lazy and/or uneducated and/or disadvantaged people don't deserve to have food, shelter, medical help, etc...." Whatever happened to compassion? The words I hear on these boards from conservatives almost always seem so cold and judgmental to me -- "you made your bed, now you have to lie in it." Ugh.
Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth 5 He who gathers crops in the summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during the harvest is a disgraceful son
12:24Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor
Matt25:14-28 (parable of talents) ... 30 and throw that worthless servent (the one who earlier was said to be lazy) outside into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I think that you are mistaken in that we are uncompassionate because we want to hold onto our money. My husband works very very hard to pay our bills and it is hard to see half of it go to taxes. We would be so much better off, better able to give and help others if we weren't taxed as we are. That is what this debate on feeding the poor is over. Not wheither it should be done, but how. I do agree there are people who can't support themselves or need help to become self sufficent. I do not agree it is the goverments job to do that. I also do not think that money is the answer to all the problems. If people would spend time with their kids we would see a drop in crime rates, teen pregnancy, gang activites, run aways. To allow parents the ability to do that I think the tax needs to be decrease. More money for the work they are doing would allow them to work less, and spend more time at home. If my dh didn't get the couple hundred taken out of his check every month, then he would be able to back off of working overtime shifts just to make the bills, and spend that time with us--or helping others.