As a follower of the Christ, I believe we should follow His clear teachings. The founder of our Spirituality called us to do all we can to help the poor, hurting, and oppressed both near and far from us. Jesus (or in Hebrew, Yeshua) taught clearly that on the Day of His coming He will call all people claiming His name to give account of their generosity or lack thereof, and there will be strict judgement for those who shrieked his commands; for every believer has been given a personal mandate to help the poor, and any teaching that obscures or overcomplicates this clear command is simply an attempt to excuse oneself from his/her duties to God.
With these things in mind, I would commend The Mordecai Project, founded by my dear friend, Lee Grady. Lee is one of the most sincere and noble men I’ve ever met, and his ministry directly helps the poorest of poor and most vulnerable in all the world. Please consider becoming a partner of The Mordecai Project.
As an American, I believe that a society wealthy enough to do so is wise to keep the poorest of its citizens out of desperate poverty, by way of a mutual agreement among its more prosperous citizens to direct money to act as a social safety net in order for society to maintain general order and overall welfare for all of its citizens.
The United States Constitution authorizes the government to do as such by directing certain taxes, duties, etc., towards what is best to avoid civil disturbance and ensure the common good for all citizens.
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”US Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 1
Welfare and social safety nets become evermore important in modern times, as jobs in general become more advanced. Just as maintaining a strong and viable military is a wise and good for any country to guard against foreign threats, so is keeping the living standards to a certain point as to avoid unnecessary domestic threats, such as violent uprisings, social disturbance of all kinds, and utter desperation of the poorest citizens. Examples of nations who failed to properly address domestic threats are France and the French Revolution, Czarist Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution, and Cuba and the Castro Revolution.
A government is wise to recognize the power and willingness of nonprofits and various charities of all kinds and creeds to help the poorest citizens. A welfare department should seek to integrate and utilize the help of the nonprofit sector for the common good of all citizens.
With all this being said, I am extremely weary of people who are liberal in their politics but not in their personal finances. These people seem only to be generous when it comes to other people’s money. I wonder about these social justice warriors, do they care about the poor or do they just hate the rich?