Churches and charities simply don't have the means to help everyone,
because the needs are too great and people just aren't that generous.
That's when the government has to step in. I have seen many a Relief
Society President help struggling members to apply for welfare, Medicaid, and
other government programs because the Church couldn't cover all the
family's needs.Charity isn't just tithing and fast
offerings. It's paying our taxes without griping so that others can be
helped. We should all remember that there but for the grace of God go all of
A. The majority of Mormons in the U.S. are Republican.B. A
majority of Republicans, including Romney believe those who recieve govt.
assistance are "takers," people unable/unwilling to help
themselves--just looking for handouts. Therefore one must conclude
that the majority of U.S. Mormons believe poor people are lazy,
ne'er-do-wells. How did U.S. Mormons come to adopt these
beliefs?Re:ChrisBDid Caesar have programs to help the poor,
the disabled, the elderly? Did he collect taxes to help fund those programs?
This is a GREAT article and much needed.Let's hope that those
"opportunities for work" are in place, and not just opportunities to
fill in endless application forms; we already have that. Surely
there is work enough to do. How about the many orchards offer work, in harvest
time, for willing hands and able bodies, even and especially for permanent
residents legally here! Brigham Young even said it was better to
provide people with a job building unneeded redwood fences than to deny the
opportunity for honest paid work. There must be tons of work
projects that would improve out towns and villages and we should also be free to
employ our neighbors who are out of work without government rules and
regulations that deter that good work.
“In this modern world plagued with counterfeits for the Lord’s plan,
we must not be misled into supposing that we can discharge our obligations to
the poor and the needy by shifting the responsibility to some governmental or
other public agency,”. . .Having the Government assist in
helping with the poor does not mean that we necessarily abdicate our
responsibility. The truth is that in many cases, the only entity with enough
resources to get the job done is a government. I might point out that the
Welfare program is also a "public agency" that takes substance from some
for the benefit of others. In a representative democracy the shifting of
resources to others in need is implied in the very notion of democracy. We, by
electing our representatives, give them a proxy to assist the poor as needed.
Such public assistance is then hardly "involuntary".When
Jesus said "the poor will always be with you". That was not just a
prophecy. It was also an indictment.
We've learned we can pick and choose our poor and needy and the conditions
under which we will help can be dictated with a clear conscience, and that
whatever aid is provided can be used as a marketing tool.
Chris B wrote: "Jesus never took money from one person to give to another.
Never."But didn't Jesus, in response to a question
regarding whether Jews should pay taxes, command that they should "render
under Caesar the things that are Caesar's"?I don't
think Jesus could have stated it any more clearly than that. Is it your
contention that taxes are un-Christian, should not be compulsory, or something
Mormon prophets have long taught what I believe also: we should help the poor
but no one should be forced to do so. Jesus never took money from
one person to give to another. Never.