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How To Give To The Poor

Should christians rely on the government and denominational churches to help the poor and needy? Are today's christians handing off their personal responsibility to these organizations instead of persoanlly getting involved? What ever happened to personal responsibility?

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 ---Steveng on 9/28/12
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Thank you Elena, it good to hear of your neighbour. You have a good heart and I'm sure he appreciates whatever you can do to help him.

Many are unaware of poverty in their own neighbourhood and those in need are sometimes to proud to say what they need or simply don't know where to get the help they need.

We all need to be more tuned in to what is going on around us and when we see a need fulfil it or, if we cannot do so, point them in the direction where the help can be found.
---Rita_H on 10/18/12


Hello,again,RitaH. May the lord richly, bless you,yes. I love your post,well I uaually,my neighbor one is older gentleman and I leave bags of can goods,cereal,little things he does. Not have family and his sister comes seldom does not know how to cook, anyway they appreciate it so much. Thankyou, love of JESUS
---ELENA on 10/16/12


I cannot see why Christians cannot do both. The church that I attend has links to the local food bank which helps those who are having a hard time. Our sister church is where all the donated goods are stored.

The charity shop where I work has vouchers from this food bank which we can hand out to the really needy so that they can collect food parcels.

Neither of these involvements stop me from also being personally involved in helping the needy. Anyone who is going hungry could be helped if we'd all be prepared to help. If we know of a need there is no excuse for not helping.
---Ritah_H on 10/16/12


Personal responsibility is the duty of every believer. Jesus talked about this topic concerning the judgment of the Gentiles in (Matt. 25:41) "Then He will say to those on the left hand, "Depart from Me, you cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink..." Those on the right hand did give food and drink.
It's the duty of the goverment to provide more ways for people to get jobs. To control the spending of money from those who work and pay taxes. It's not the goverments duty to give free medicare to so many, and pay that medicare with the money of those who work. If they want to be fair, give free medicare to all.
---Mark_V. on 10/16/12


Whilst there's a place for welfare in genuine cases it also has many negatives, as Jed claimed.

Inter-generational welfare dependance with recipients having no self-esteem and no incentive to progress. It also encourages economic refugees to make dangerous trips to countries offering such welfare.

Denmark, for example, found from their generous welfare for immigrants (mostly Muslims)that it was being exploited to such an extent that it would eventually bankrupt the government if continued.
One minister and her family even had to flee their house after it was torched by Muslims seeking revenge because of rejection for their demand that the government pay blood money to a Muslim family.
---Haz27 on 10/16/12




Again, these programs have been raped and abused to fund the lazy, not help the needy. Wow, your dumb!
---Jed on 10/15/12

That is the view of some republicans, but others who have been the beneficiaries of our liberal programs would differ.

Just because a few people take advantage of the programs does not mean we should end it, and most important it does not mean that the needy are not benefiting from it.
---francis on 10/15/12


Yes we do!!
Learn about our Socail security, medicare, medicaid, low income housing, government back school loans, WIC programs, enumployment insurance, school lunches, and the wide variety of LIBERAL program that we provice to help the poor
---francis on 10/13/12


Again, these programs have been raped and abused to fund the lazy, not help the needy. Wow, your dumb!
---Jed on 10/15/12


I rather give personally. Not a good idea to rely only on governments.
---pat on 10/15/12


it's precisely the influence of Churches and Christianity that has led government to take care of the poor and needy.
---Cluny 9/28/12

The government takes care of the poor and needy? What planet is this on?
---Jed on 10/10/12

Yes we do!!
Learn about our Socail security, medicare, medicaid, low income housing, government back school loans, WIC programs, enumployment insurance, school lunches, and the wide variety of LIBERAL program that we provice to help the poor
---francis on 10/13/12


it's precisely the influence of Churches and Christianity that has led government to take care of the poor and needy.
---Cluny 9/28/12


The government takes care of the poor and needy? What planet is this on? Here on earth the U.S. government is the poorest allocator of funds we have ever seen. Welfare programs only enable the lazy and greedy who make a lifestyle out of depending on other people. The truly needy who are struggling to make it on their own and just need a helping hand for little while cann't get the help they need because they work. And the people who have worked their whole lives paying into the government, now the government screws them and cuts their medicare and social security in order to fund Obamacare.
---Jed on 10/10/12




Next, it's precisely the influence of Churches and Christianity that has led government to take care of the poor and needy.

Finally, yes, we should be more involved with people personally. But some needs are better taken care of by groups. For example, if a homeless pregnant woman turned up on your door step, what would YOU do? The best help I could give would be to guide her through a crisis pregnancy center.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/28/12

well said brother
---francis on 10/9/12


Hello, I believe the church,should try help families have activities,sport with the parents, be involved, alot single parents need help grow with their kids.offer help children.who have fallen get sponsor a child idea, I believe they will improve church and help gain respect in the community.honor the family who stays free food,according to needs and how many? Church. should be a happy time, cousel both parents,child- see what they need,food, churches should give to those truly in.need,but from the heart not judge the people, no back biting.teach those who truly want to learn with teachers(supervisin required) have classes.few ideas.
---ELENA on 10/9/12


The poor should not have to relay on Government to help them, BUT a Christian can get personally involved by volunteering at a Christian organization, and be more effective in doing this. A Christian organization can rent an old building in an area where the poor are living and meet their needs more effectively than a single person. (Our church does this.) My wife and I volunteer each Friday at a Christian food & clothes bank and it's managed by volunteers all week. We also have a free medical & dental facility that has is manned by doctors, nurses and techs who volunteer there time,plus we have "grade A" equipment. A single person could not do this.
---wivv on 10/9/12


Family, this is a wonderfull blogg, it how I have felt for years, church's in general,have not gotten involved like they could have,that is a big reason, many people do not go.church had the chance to intergrate itself into help family unit now,many church's don't really focus like they should,they have forgotten the widow,homeless,the new homeless are people out of work,the church has megachurch ideas look for that dollarbill..get back to help families,visit the sick,go to the prisons,feed who ever come without back biting...ELENA
---ELENA on 10/9/12


The average church has between 15 to 20% of the adult congregation giving 10% or more of their income to the local church. Just imagine what would happen if say 75% of the people in a church would give 10% of there income. We would not need the government programs.
---Scott1 on 10/1/12


Paul says a secular governing person "is God's minister to you for good," in Romans 13:4. So, secular government people can help to take care of ones who are of this world. "No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier." (2 Timothy 2:4) To me, this can mean God does not expect me to take care of all needy people . . . not to get tied up in their things of worldly life.

However . . . He has us reaching to needy people, but not only for physical needs, but personally get to know someone and share our lives with them. God's love is not welfare love > we do not do only as much as is needed (c:
---willie_c: on 9/29/12


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Steveng, you're question said it all and you hit the nail right on the head.
---Jed on 9/29/12


The need in this country, especially because of all of the displaced employees due to outsourcing of jobs, is too great to be met by the Churches or the individuals in the Church. I believe the individual believers should help with whatever ministries are available in their towns, and the government should be there also.

My church ministers to the homeless year round, as well as has a food bank. Those in need can come back every other week.
---Trish on 9/29/12


First off, ALL Christians and ALL churches are denominational. They may be a denomination of just one congregation or even one person, but still denominational.

Next, it's precisely the influence of Churches and Christianity that has led government to take care of the poor and needy.

Finally, yes, we should be more involved with people personally. But some needs are better taken care of by groups. For example, if a homeless pregnant woman turned up on your door step, what would YOU do? The best help I could give would be to guide her through a crisis pregnancy center.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/28/12


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