“My views on the matter of charity are rather specific to the notion of what Jesus would have…
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I do think we will be held accountable for how we acted not just as individuals, but also as a people, a community.

That’s far more broad than just social welfare, which is what I was speaking of.

I hate to devolve this into hypotheticals, but in that the Bible is pretty clear that industriousness is to be rewarded and sloth is not. Obviously not all social welfare rewards sloth, but the more generous social welfare programs become, they start to enable sloth rather than focus the benefit on people who require financial assistance.

Then, of course, there’s the other side of that coin; a paycheck is always going to be larger than a welfare check. So, one can argue that the best “social welfare” program of all is one that enables job creation in the society.

Right now, you have one party in the US that opposes overly-wealthy social welfare programs, whilst emphasizing job creation and growth. The other party, OTOH, wishes to make social welfare programs richer, and is rather suspicious of government policies designed to create jobs.

Since Jesus, being a good Jew and a man of his times, would have opposed enabling sloth and would have supported industriousness, I can only surmise that everyone’s going to hell. :-)

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