The New York Times reported: “Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, ‘Who Really Cares,’ cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals.”
A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: Average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals.
If we look at history and facts, we will see that not only are conservatives more charitable, but they have worked harder to lift up the vulnerable in our society than those who promote big government.
Sometimes biblical teachings get lost in an ideological shuffle just as statistics get lost in our agendas.
I want to share some truths with you from the Bible concerning the poor and sharing with them.
Luke 3:10-14 – “And the crowds asked him, ‘What then shall we do?’ And he answered them, ‘Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.
‘But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.’ ”
Mark 14:7 – “For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them.”
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 – “To aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may live properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.”
Ephesians 4:23 – “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”
1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
I have seen no evidence of Jesus or his apostles handing over the responsibility of helping the poor to government. It is expected of individuals who have the means.
We all know why some of our politicians want to continue the taxpayer scams under the disguise of helping the poor; it is to buy votes, not to lift the poor out of poverty but rather to keep them dependent on a government promoting tyrannical policies.
What would Jesus do? He would be charitable!
What He did not do was call on the Roman government to aid the poor.
As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he can feed himself for life.”