Helping Whom?

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on September 19th, 2005

Author:  Marty Martorella

    Like most people I find myself imagining what it would be like to hit it big, to win a big jackpot if you will. Then I think of the verse which says, “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked.” (Ps. 37: 16) From a personal perspective it is necessary to be satisfied with what the good Lord has given us. When it comes to helping others it is our duty as Christians and as Americans. Jesus said;

'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' . . .'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' (Mt. 25: 35-40)

   The Constitution states it’s purpose as this;

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

   This Country was founded on the Christian concept of community, we must work for the common good helping each other through personal, private charities and the government.  Some forget that the government is the American People, that united we can stand but divided we would most certainly will fall. There are those who try to get out of helping by telling all types of stories, we see Bill O'Reilly: “Many, many, many” hurricane victims who failed to evacuate New Orleans are “drug-addicted … thugs” » It is the attempt to blame the victims rather than comfort them.  It is the old line that the poor are poor because that is how they want it. That is a lie right out of Hell. It was not written by Karl Rove or any other political operative; it was written by Satan himself. “No, no, don’t help that little old lady; it’s her fault that she got old anyhow!” Here are a few passages to think about.

Luke 21: 2-3 And he saw a certain poor widow putting in a farthing.  And he said, Truly I say to you, This poor widow has given more than all of them:

Proverbs 14: 31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

James 1: 27  Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

 

   We can erect beautiful church cathedrals, we can build massive institutions of study, we can learn all that there is to be known, but if we do not get our hands dirty what good is it all? For far too long the poor have suffered in the richest land in the world, if God is to judge us harshly it will be for this over all else. Mr. Bush spoke of the poverty as this article addressed;

Those who know the US at anything more than the most superficial level can hardly avoid being aware that poverty has always flourished in the midst of plenty. A surprising number of Americans work very long, hard hours to barely make ends meet. There are areas of every American city that you steer clear of or hurry through because they are more akin to third than first world. Equally, it is not exactly an earth-shattering discovery that these poor places often contain a lot more black faces than white.

Yet this seems to have come as an uncomfortable shock to many Americans. Poor people do not normally intrude upon peak-hour viewing. Now their plight is inescapable. Poverty is on the political agenda in a serious way for the first time in decades – and I have a feeling that it is not going to go away.

President George W Bush doesn't seem to think so either. His televised speech from New Orleans on Thursday was a remarkable piece of theatre but with very significant content. The shattered Gulf Coast is to become the Gulf Opportunity Zone supported by apparently open-ended funding from the federal government to provide houses and decent schools, job training and new businesses. This was a declaration that went far beyond repairing the physical damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. It was a forced response, albeit a generous one, to the social evils that the hurricane had exposed. Link

    He spoke of an “Opportunity Zone” my question is an opportunity for whom? Mr. Bush has suspend the Davis-Bacon Act which provided a living wage for the laborers. Have there been any limits to the profits that the companies doing the reconstruction? The answer is not only that there are no limits for those on top but also they are being awarded no-bid contracts. It is just time that we help the poor without giving billions more to the rich!


 

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