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Jesus Without The Junk: The Poor You Will Always Have With You

By: Molly Painter

I find it interesting when politicians use the Bible and their faith to support special interest programs they want voted in but then when certain issues do not “fit” their agendas, they then hide behind separation of church and state to support why something should not be passed.
In the current elections (local and national) more so than in the past (it seems), biblical doctrines are being contorted, depending on who is interpreting them.  This is nothing new; men have always taken God’s Word and turned it around in order to make it fit their own purposes.
Recently, a high-ranking House member stated that his faith helped shape his budget plan, which included suggestions that government should have little to do with helping the poor.  He voiced that churches and charities should bear the responsibility of feeding and sustaining the poor.  He proposed that welfare from the government “dishonors the dignity of the human person” and makes it harder for churches and charitable organizations to do their work.  Others think that it invites greater governmental control over peoples’ lives if they get too involved.  I understand that but who suffers and at what cost because you do not want Big Brother involved?
The Bible may not specifically name the local or federal governments’ roles in charity but we have an obligation to read between the lines (at times) when we consider what the concerns of God are.  Approximately 300 verses in the Word mention the poor (financially and spiritually).  That should say something right there.  God has always had great concern for the poor. 
For those of you who also agree that charities and churches should be the only ones to harbor the burden of the poor, I propose this:  perhaps they would have a better time of it if those of you who don’t tithe, do so.  Societies as a whole have a responsibility to take care of those in lack...believe it. 
Proverbs 19:17 – “He who is gracious to the poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed.”
Katie Altobellis