I blame the churches, honestly

Posted by Troy on 20th April 2012 in Current Events

The Ryan budget is coming under fire for “abandoning” the sick and the poor to the wolves.  I considered this.  Why should the government take care of the sick and poor?  Is that a natural function of government?  I don’t believe it is.  This all stems from Lyndon Johnson’s idea that we are the richest country in the world and can afford to take care of everyone.  He wasn’t clear if he meant everyone in the world.  There are several liberals in the government that believe so, and that is why we have talk about the global children’s rights treaty and cap and trade legislation. 

So that leads to the question, who used to take care of this?  Well, the answer is communities and churches.  That leads me to ask, well, where are they?  They’re still around…even if attendance is down.  So, why is it that they are not taking care of the sick and the poor?  I believe that this is a direct result of the welfare state that was created under President Johnson.  When he did so, he shifted the burden of charity from the churches to the government.  While I do realize that churches still help out members of their congregation, I also have to point out that they are involved with frivolous pursuits.  I do not believe that churches in the past spent nearly as much on stained glass windows and mission trips.  While I understand that spreading the Word is one of the Churches number one priorities, I believe that feeding the poor should be their top priority.  Also, I believe that the welfare state has robbed us of our inter-dependence.  People that may have once formed strong ties with the community and the church no longer do so.  It used to be that the community and churches were the safety net.  Now they are the social clubs. 

I respect the church.  I believe that religion and spirituality are of the uptmost importance to the human race.  I do not advocate withholding your tithe.  Instead, I advocate making sure that your donations go to where it is most needed.  Jesus would never care about the color of the windows in the building that people go to worship him.  Instead, he would care about how those people cared for those really in need.  Churches need to remember, while a pretty building may make their congregation bigger, charity makes it richer.

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