Essay about It's Time for More Bible and Less Welfare

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It's Time for More Bible and Less Welfare Government has considered and tried many plans for dealing with poverty in the United States, from all different points of view-welfare, workfare, charities, economic interference, and the like. There is one method, however, which has fallen out of popularity in this age. This is the biblical method. What God says about the poor The Christian, or biblical, view of poverty is liberal in some respects and conservative in others. For example, Paul gives this rule to the early church: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10). At the same time, the leaders of the church placed great importance on providing food for the poor, and James says that…show more content…
Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien" (Leviticus 19:9-10). In ancient Israel, those who couldn't afford to buy food could go into the fields and vineyards, follow behind the harvesters, and glean the excess from the fields or vines. In this way, individual Hebrews provided for their less fortunate neighbors. It seems at first glance that many of the Bible's statements on poverty contradict themselves. Are those not working not entitled to assistance, or do all the poor have rights which we must protect? Is poverty the result of individual choices, or is it a situation in which the individual has no choice? Should government, whether church government or state government, care for the poor, or is that the job only of individuals? In fact, none of these statements are contradictory, because poverty is an issue with a wide range of questions, and the Bible addresses many of those questions in the statements above. All the poor have rights to assistance, but they also have a responsibility to work in some way-thus the Hebrew practice of gleaning, where the poor could obtain assistance only if they would go out and get it; gleaning was undoubtedly hard work. Poverty often is the result of individual choices, but in many situations the poor are not responsible for their
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