An older post from our buddy, ‘Dapper Dan’. However, it’s JUST as applicable today as it was a year ago…
Thanks for sharing. One continual problem when it comes to giving, charity, and wealth distribution is the equivocal use of “us” and “we.” The speaker presumes to foist a moral imperative on anyone listening, and that is something to always take seriously, whether a Christian, Muslim, or a Marxist says it.
Colbert offers a false dichotomy: either Jesus was selfish or he commanded us to give without condition. I disagree. Sometimes, one moral value trumps another. I want to be a good steward and not subsidize suffering. If I think the recipient will use alms in further destructive behavior, I will not abet that outcome; my giving is conditional to the extent that I want it to help more than hurt. But progressive policies permit people to people to undertake self-destructive behavior, then blames the rest of us for not “helping.” What is needed is tough love.
Couldn’t agree more. There is a HUGE difference between those who are truly in need and those who willfully have abandoned personal responsibility.
And who says we have to help the poor “without condition”…the Bible also says, “If a man will not work, neither will he eat.” Generational poverty, the entitlement mindset, is NOT going to be eradicated by giving out food stamps and other aid willy-nilly. Jesus fed the 5,000 one day, but when they came back the next day with their hands out, he said no.
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