During the political season there are always conversations and debates about “entitlement.”
There are accusations of entitlement made against people living on Government Assistance Programs; that they are owed something because society has dumped on them.
There are accusations made that Democrats buy the ‘poor vote’ by giving handouts to drug addicts and prostitutes.
There are even accusations that the poor should be ashamed of themselves because they are asking for more help.
Why can’t they just get a job like everyone else!?
Why can’t they get off their lazy butts and be productive!?
Why do they insist on taking MY hard EARNED money!?
I think they are valid questions for someone who isn’t a believer and follower of Jesus, but if you consider yourself a Christian then maybe you should pay more attention to what scripture and Jesus actually say…
‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.’
That means that you do not own anything. You are a steward. You possess something that belongs to someone else. The only ownership you have is of the decision on how to use what you possess.
Your money is not your own. Your body is not your own. Your time is not your own. Your life does not belong to you. That is the confession you make when you submit yourself to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
“Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13)
The poor ARE entitled to assistance because God’s heart is for the poor and the needy. It is also a theme running throughout scripture; both Old and New Testament.
When we deny the increased assistance that the poor call out for we are turning our backs on Jesus. We are refusing to live our stewardship as we were asked to. God left us in charge of his house and family and we have broken it and left the people to starve all because we don’t like the idea of giving the government the money we have (God’s money); but after all Jesus DID teach us to “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give unto God what is God’s.”
Instead we are keeping what belongs to Caesar for ourselves and outright refusing to give God what belongs to Him. How entitled does that sound..?
A Common Excuse…
Many extremely well intentioned Christians argue that ‘The government needs to step back and let the Church take care of the poor.’
Honestly, I cannot support this mindset because quite frankly the Church has failed miserably with what little it has. It tithes only 1% of its income; and only 1% of that tithe gets outside of the doors of our gathering areas. If we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves and to love God above all else; we should be giving our 10% to the body of believers and getting at least half of that out to our brothers and sisters in need.
Jesus taught that we must first be faithful with few things before we can be put in charge of many (Matt 25:14-30). So until the Church can rectify this problem with what we DO possess I cannot support the removal of government aide.