And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard. Exodus, Chapter 23, verses 10-11.
I know there is a lot of talk about Welfare Reform. I, too, want us empowering people instead of enabling them, destroying their work ethic. We have to be prayerful about what we choose to do with this system. This passage says that God wants us to provide for the poor. You’re right; most of us don’t have fields or vineyards to leave fallow the seventh year so they’re available to the less fortunate. Instead, we provide for the less fortunate through our taxes, giving to related charities and making donations to causes. We also provide for the needy by giving at church and through legislation to fund these causes. We need to be careful about how we change this system. It’s vital that we continue to provide adequate food and medical care for those less fortunate, especially children.
That doesn’t mean giving monthly disability payments to people with learning disabilities or drug and alcohol addictions. In this case, we may be enabling people because they aren’t motivated to become literate or substance free for fear of losing that income. Yes, we do need to change things so some people don’t have multiple fictitious addresses to rake in the Welfare checks. The Welfare Reform needs to allow the Welfare recipient to make the necessary changes with dignity.
Although there are issues to be resolved within the Welfare System, we can’t lose sight of what God has told us to do. It would be very easy to “throw the baby out with the bath water” while making the necessary changes to the Welfare System. We need to continue to provide food, medical attention and other needed services for those less fortunate, because that’s what God would want us to do.
Here are some related passages:
*And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God. Leviticus, Chapter 23, verse 22.
*For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward. He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the
. Deuteronomy, Chapter 10, verses 17-19. land of Egypt
*If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. Deuteronomy, Chapter 15, verses 7-8.
*When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands. When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the
: therefore I
command thee to do this thing.
Deuteronomy, Chapter 24, verses 19-22. land
*For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Psalm, Chapter 9, verse 18.
*Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and Thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. Psalm, Chapter 41, verses 1-2.
*The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. Proverbs, Chapter 14, verses 20-21.
*When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of
will not forsake them. Isaiah, Chapter
41, verse 17. Israel
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