A friend posted “Kansas is Ready to Prevent Welfare Recipients from Going to Swimming Pools and Movies” on Facebook this morning. There’s a nice picture of a boy doing a cannonball into a pool to head the article. I thought that maybe at was satire. I wasn’t sure so, I read the article. I have to tell you that I got angry reading it. It truly struck a chord and I’m sure that was the writer’s intent. It didn’t make me angry because of the proposed law; it made me angry because I disagreed with the point, so much, that I wanted to shake the author… and anyone that agreed with him for that matter.
So… I closed the article and decided not to comment on the Facebook post because I would probably start an argument or hurt someone’s feelings. As the day has gone on, I see comments others left on the post, some for, some against. I’ve had time to process and pray…
To the author… bless your heart for thinking that just because you relate to one political party that you lose all your compassion and humanity. I associate with the Republican party because it does not support abortion, because it follows fiscally conservative principles, and it is not afraid to say “God, Bible, prayer,” etc. This does not mean that I agree with every Republican, nor does it mean that I disagree with every Democrat. This means that as a whole, I associate more closely with the Republican party.
I do, however, agree that there are abuses to the welfare system. AND, I agree that there are truly needy, hurting people out there. (I’m about to go down a different road, here… so hold on to your holy s&^t handle.) It is not… I repeat NOT the government’s job to support these people. Nowhere in our founding documents does it say that we are a socialist country, that we have to provide any or everything to low-income people, or that everyone has to always have the same things in life. Nowhere! Life isn’t fair… LIFE IS NOT FAIR!
There are people who come from very dark places that rise above, and there are people who come from great wealth that fall far. Most of us just come from the middle of the road and just try to stay between the lines. That is the road my family is traveling. My husband and I are both employed, he serves in the military, we have children… we make do. We live fiscally within our means and we try our best to give generously.
I think that what most people don’t get is that it truly is not the government’s responsibility to take care of each person. I will argue though that it is a church’s responsibility. You see, while our Constitution doesn’t require us to take care of everyone, the Bible does. If you search “take care of the poor Bible verse” at least 50 are listed. God tells us to take care of the poor… repeatedly. God, not the government. I’m not sure if you (the writer of that article) are a Christian, because there was no mention of your faith in the article. Maybe you are just unaware of what the Bible teaches.
This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue. This is a matter of Biblical principles that have been lost in our country. I know that churches and Christian organizations are helping people every day, but if we Christians were truly doing all that God commanded us, there would be no hurting people. God commanded us to spread the Gospel, to love, to serve, to follow Him. If we were “on fire” doing those things… well, you can imagine what would happen… GREAT THINGS.
So, I beg you to stop politicizing this argument. Stop trying to make me look like I don’t have a heart because I choose a different political party that you. Instead, pick up a Bible, go to a church, give, serve, LOVE!
“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10