The LDS welfare system primarily serves LDS members.How many people
are Bishops responsible for? 400 or so? I wonder what a govt
system would look like if it had the equivalent Bisop, Relief Society President,
home teacher and visiting teacher to assist each familiy in need. What are we doing individually other than writing a check once a month?Tithing is not used for temporal welfare purposes.
I have to agree with Cinci Man. It does a LOT of good, but there are too many
stories of abuse. People who take advantage when they have been bad with their
own money and won't get rid of electronics, excess vehicles and other
items. Each Bishop behaves differently with different rules, and because of
their kindness or inexperience, are used. Of course, I am not saying this is for
all!Also, this is ran with people who volunteer. You are not going
to have that in government. They volunteer because of their faith. You
aren't going to have people volunteer for their government.
I believe that the U.S. welfare system does do lots of good for those who know
how to use it correctly. But I would add these two caveats.1. It
can be too easily abused resulting the an excessive amount of leeches who grow
to rely solely on the government for their sustenance when they are capable of
working. The LDS system offers opportunities to do something in return for the
aid they receive. The government struggles to do things efficiently, so they
cannot introduce such a dimension to its program.2. The U.S.
welfare system cannot be administered efficiently and cost effectively.
the LDS welfare system has spiritual roots and also requires those who use it to
be decent Christian people not couch potato free loaders. The US welfare system
does more harm than good for most people.
The LDS church welfare program not only makes sense, but, it works. Now if only
the government would operate their welfare program the same way.
GREAT article. Not just this reporting of the article, but the actual article
on the Philanthropy Roundtable. We don't often talk about this ourselves,
but this is a great detailed article about our philosophy on tithes, offerings
and service.Click on the first link above.