The left and the right have different approaches to the question of what is our responsibility to the poor. Both sides agree that sometimes we need to help our neighbors. What we can’t agree on how is that should be accomplished.
The left would create an ever-expanding welfare state that will help the poor and redistribute the wealth. The right believes that charity should come from the individual. In both cases, wealth changes hands, the difference lies in the freedom of choice in making that sacrifice. Sacrifice only has moral value when we alone are free to make that choice. So, if government takes and gives to the poor, the choice to honor God with our substance is limited more and more as taxes turn into theft as the tax rate steadily increases.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. -Proverbs 19:17 (ESV)
When charity becomes an entitlement, the government not only enslaves the taxpayer through the wealth redistribution schemes, but also the recipient as they join others on the governmental plantation.
It is no wonder that America is steadily losing ground on the world stage. The welfare state dependent mentality sucks all creativity out of the community as it’s grip tightens to maintain control of the sheep. We The Sheeple have been led down the road toward a collectivist state, waiting to be told what to think and what to do so that we don’t disturb the security bought through compliance.
We The People are so much more than sheep. We built this nation on a foundation of rock, not of sand.
46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49 (ESV)
The ruin of the house that is America will indeed be great if We The People don’t heed the words of the Lord and of our Founders. Our nation was built by men of great faith and principles. They honored God in their words and deeds. They knew that it was only with the hand Divine Providence that would allow them to prevail against the odds. We The People must turn again to Divine Providence for guidance to help us find our way back from the brink of self-destruction.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. – The Declaration of Independence
It’s time to return to our foundation on the rock and trust that Divine Providence can rebuild our unity so that once again we are un-hyphenated Americans joining together to repair that crumbling foundation lest it disintegrate into sand…
God Bless America!