The word charity - as taught in the Bible - is the outworking of Almighty God’s perfect love, God's highest and best for an individual by another individual for their eternal betterment and ultimate good. God’s love or highest and best is none other than the Person of Almighty God Himself. This highest and best includes God’s perfect plan and purpose; His solution and deliverance; and His eternal calling and will for His lost creation (2 Cor. 5:17-21 ). He only has the eternal betterment of all in mind. Any "love" that contradicts Almighty God's eternal standard is evil and doomed. This high holy standard is quite sobering, is it not? (Mark 12: 30-33; Luke 10:27; Gal. 5:14). link
Following the dispersion at Babel some 4300 years ago (Gen. 11:1-9, Rom 1:18-32), the godless outworkings of the reprobate pagan nations created masses of poor and oppressed throughout the ancient world (Rom. 1:18-32). It was not until about seven hundred years or so after Babel’s scattering - when the nations were outworking their godless rebellion and reaping its destructive consequences - that Almighty God gave to Israel the Law through Moses (Exodus 20:1-17). In giving the Law, God made wonderful provision for the poor, understanding their affliction and destitution (Deut. 15:10; Jer. 22:16). The greatest of these was the institution of the Year of Jubilee (Lev. 25:8, 10, 13, 30, 40-41, 47-48, 54; 27:14-24; Isa. 61:1-2). When the heart of the people of God was right (i.e., when they were obedient to the Lord), these charitable practices continued and the poor of the land were taken care of (Lev. 19:19; Deut. 15:7; Isa. 59:10; Jer. 7:5-7). When the people’s hearts weren’t right with God (i.e., when they were disobedient), the poor suffered greatly (Isa 10:1-3; Jer. 5: 28; Ezek. 22:29, 31).
The Christian charities of America have always been the hallmark of our culture and society. Our nation was founded on the bedrock of Judeo/ Christian values, and the poor of our nation - and of the entire world - have benefited greatly by its fruits. These charities first fed and then taught the poor that they were accountable to Almighty God, and that sloth and idleness was sin (Prov. 10:4; 13:4; 19:15; 20:4; 24:30-31; 2 Thess. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:13). The non-helpless poor were taught to be accountable and responsible for their actions, and to rejoin society and aid it in its moral out workings here in time. If these were rejected, then the capable poor were to reap their own doings and resulting situations without being pitied (Prov. 20:4; 21:25, 2 Thess. 3:10). The chief emphasis of these charitable institutions was to teach the poor accountability and responsibility to man, society and most of all to Almighty God - to whom they will give an account in the Last Day (Rom. 14:12; 1 Pet. 4:4-5). The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:1-4)was always at the heart of the activities and functions of charity missions. My friends, what good does it accomplish to feed a poor man and fill his tummy when without Christ he will ultimately die in his sins (Mark 8:36; John 6:27)? Oh, how the Devil and the Liberal today has twisted the Holy Scriptures and has turned around the message of the Lord Jesus Christ a full 180 degrees!
Listen to what Jesus said:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor (Luke 4:18a).
The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them (Matt 11:5).
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed (John 6:26-27).
Jesus knew that the Gospel Message was the most important need for the indigent poor and the capable poor, not food. Countless examples are given throughout Holy Scripture.
To the capable poor was the Gospel of salvation first to be preached, and then they were to eat!
The capable poor were to be taught personal accountability and responsibility to Almighty God and man so they could feed themselves and benefit society!
The capable poor were to be taught giving is better than receiving!
The capable poor were to be taught to love Almighty God with all their heart, soul, and mind, and their neighbors as themselves!
America's Two Poor Classes
Today in America we have two different classes of poor: 1) the American Indigent Poor; and 2) the Capable Poor or the “New American Poor” (i.e., “The Subjective Socially Dependent”).
The American Indigent Poor are those individuals who are truly helpless and indigent. These were born with physical infirmities and birth defects who suffer physical traumas or mental issues and are unable to survive through this life without help from society. Some are our valiant veterans of foreign wars and others are rejected outcasts of society. These individuals need and deserve our charity and help, and most of all we are to let them know that Almighty God loves them and sent His Son for them (John 3:16-17). In the midst of this fallen world (Rom 5:12-19), Almighty God has a wondrous plan for their eternal future. All those who place their trust in Him will be restored and healed in that Day when He restores all things unto Himself (Isa. 35:6; 49:10; John 6:35; 7:38; 1 Cor. 15:42-44).
The New American Poor (i.e., the Capable Poor or the Subjective Socially Dependent) are those who through decades of generational dependence on government and social charities have become slothful, immoral, idle and desensitized to life’s demands and responsibilities. These - as we shall see - have absorbed the subjective Liberal Ideology and are fully addicted to and dependent on socialistic government programs. They are quite capable of working. They suffer no infirmities or handicaps but choose the path of dependency and sloth over self-motivation and personal responsibility and achievement. These hide behind the name of “the poor” and see themselves as the indigent poor class. These have become nothing more than a parasite to the achievements of others and a burden of weight to society and all working-class Americans. These are the products of FDR’s New Deal, LBJ’s Great Society and the War on Poverty and Obama's new New Deal. The Left’s good intentions have enslaved countless millions to a life of poverty and narcissistic victimhood.
Today we hear from America’s Left that we need to do more to take care of “the poor” here in America. These “poor” they are alluding to is this class of the socially dependent. They continually offer socialist programs to these without any moral accountability or personal responsibility.
The fact of the matter is, the phrase “The New American Poor” is an oxymoron. In light of those throughout the world who are truly oppressed and made destitute by fascist oppressors in third world countries, the New American Poor live as kings and are treated as spoiled children.
The New American Poor class have access to food shelters and state housing, possesses free revenue (welfare), free health care, free food stamps, cell phones, iPods, TV’s, Nike shoes, designer clothes, cars, toilets, clean water, free school lunches, free education, free day care, pay no taxes, come and go as they please, have full voting privileges and freedoms as citizens, etc. They have countless benefits and rights that the truly oppressed and indigent of the world know absolutely nothing about - let alone hardworking middle class America. The truly afflicted, indigent poor of the world possesses none of these luxuries, yet the New American Poor with their subjective mindset loves to compare themselves to these as though they are on the same par. If one takes an objective view of the case, it is clearly seen that there is absolutely no comparison between the two groups.
The majority of the New American Poor possesses a subjective mindset which has been placed on them as mighty battleship chains by the Left in this country. The sad fact is they are absolutely oblivious to all the care that has been given to them, for which they are truly unthankful. We have redefined poor in this country as not having enough to satisfy our wants and desires. Only in The Land of the Free could these claims ever be made and these labeled as poor and victims of society. The true Indigent Poor of America suffer as the New American Poor “milk and bilk” the system. Which of these two classes is truly the victim?
The True Heart of the Matter
It would not be difficult to see the true heart of the matter if one was to simple take an objective and realistic view. The issue, however, is too raw and politically charged to be engaged by a great many individuals. The New American Poor today have reaped a whirlwind of dire consequences due to their rejection of divine accountability and their abandonment of fundamental truths and moral absolutes. They have sold their souls to the secular socialist god of Big Government, which demands no accountability or responsibility from them, only their total support and absolute allegiance. The end result of this rejection of divine accountability is the abandonment of absolutes (moral/ spiritual) to an addiction and utter dependency on the Left and its socialistic “Big Government” utopia visions. This has produced the catastrophic consequences reaped by the New American Poor of today.