Why the Welfare State Fails So Spectacularly—and How to Fix It
God provided for the poor—and encouraged them to return to earning their daily bread—in simple, ingenious ways. With few exceptions, these individuals were dealt with not nationally, but locally, through laws requiring specific acts of charity from family and community.
For example, landowners were commanded not to take every last head of grain and ripe fruit for themselves: They were to leave the corners of their fields or orchards unreaped, and any grain that dropped during reaping untouched, to be reserved for the poor (Leviticus 19:9-10). Those who had fallen on hard times were legally permitted to take what food they needed from their neighbors’ fields. They couldn’t harvest and transport food away from the field—but were welcome to fill an empty belly. A day laborer in a field could eat whatever he needed (Deuteronomy 23:24-25).
Yes, in God’s view, it is wrong for us to use every last cent of our income on ourselves. God wants us to give to the poor. However, He didn’t command that His people set up soup kitchens, supply handouts or issue unemployment checks—simply giving something for nothing. The poor had to get out and work. If you wanted a meal, you were welcome to it—but you had to go into the field and pick it yourself.
Such laws have several advantages that benefit everybody. Based on the overarching principle of treating others as we want to be treated, they engender a spirit of generosity and compassion toward the less fortunate. They keep those with plenty personally mindful of those in want without unduly burdening them. (In fact, God promised to bless those who provided for the poor in this way—Deuteronomy 24:19.)
They also benefit the recipient. Think about the person who receives a check from a faceless bureaucracy. He does not feel grateful—he feels entitled. He feels no obligation to pay anything back. And eventually, he comes to spurn gainful employment in favor of undeserved handouts that facilitate his own sloth. By contrast, think of the one who has a direct connection to the person giving him charity. That personal link encourages gratitude and accountability, besides naturally preventing fraud and waste.
Lets give a full picture of your random wiki snippet of the day
Yes, it was a great time of massive boom and wholesale slaughter of indiginous people for their lands and resources and environmental catastrophys and a hardened subjugation of the newly freed black people
Do you honestly think it will be hard for me to find a photo of former slaves living in squalor and ignored?
Do you honestly think that the actual poor were having fantastic times
Your good old days were only good to white males of influence.
Originally posted by Evanzsayz
reply to post by Jean Paul Zodeaux
Maybe charity wasn't enough...it wasn't cutting it. You think there just doing it to rob people? Please get real man there just trying to help people out and make their country stronger. Are you seriously complaining about welfare or are you just trying to bring facts to our attention?
that the government is supposed to be working for the people and not the other way around