What is our obligation to the poor?

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    Ive been thinking about it this morning and I was wondering what our obligation to the poor is. Im not talking about what we should outsource to the government or what the government should do. But what do we as individuals have a responsibility to do?

    I keep thinking of the words of a hymn:

    "We'll go to the poor like our Captain of old. And visit the weary, the hungry, and cold. We'll cheer up their hearts with the news that he bore and point them to Zion and life evermore."

    I believe we as individuals have a duty and privilege to serve the poor. And that when we try to outsource those responsibilities to the government and to others, than we fail to give and recieve the blessings we could otherwise have.

    What do you think?
     
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    I do contribute to the poor. I also volunteer a lot of my time to them. We also give away LOTS to veterans organizations and shelters (food, clothing, appliances, etc.).

    Doesn't everyone do this?
     
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    We are not obligated to the poor.

    We should help the poor because the spirit moves us to do good works.
     
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    Doesn't make much difference what you believe. The facts are:

    1) There are over 900,000,000 in the world who are dying from starvation or suffering from malnutrition...mostly children

    2) Church folks drop by for an hour and a half a week and leave their money which is used for preacher's homes and salaries, travel expenses, oak or mahagony pews, building maintenance or expansion, expensive musical instruments and sound systems, stained glass, steeples, youth programs, missionaries who travel to other countries with the precise purpose of changing their culture. They leave there feeling good and believing they have done their part.

    Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell what he had and give it to the poor. He was saddened to hear it.
     
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    Simply not true. a lot of churches have separate funds for different projects. And the money is divided amongst them or sought specifically for a sole purpose.

    I realize it is expected of some of you to bash religion but perhaps you could get your facts straight first.
     
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    The social compact should be simple.

    -Food and water.
    -Shelter.
    -Health care.
    -Education.

    Americans should not let other Americans live in squalor. Citizens get the basics. Any thing more you have to work your ass off for..
     
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    I was baptized Baptist on a spring morning in 1957. I was in the church until I was over 60 years old. We tithed our gross income. I taught Sunday school. I was a member of the Brotherhood, I was on the visitation committee, the building committee etc. I worked with RA boys and helped with vacation bible school. I attended youth retreats and assisted in the planning of everything our church was involved in. I can understand you needing to believe the church uses your money for the poor and needy but guess what...that's a lie. I saw where every penny of our donations ended up. The poor were lucky if they received anything.
     
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    That would be YOUR church not EVERY church and further if you participated in it you are to blame for raising no fuss over it. Many churches do NOT follow YOUR example, claiming they do is a lie.
     
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    http://www.usmessageboard.com/general-discussion/142633-dropping-off-at-the-food-bank.html
     
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    The problem being.... the poor. Nothing is ever enough.

    Food and water is not good enough... steak and wine is
    Shelter... i give you the housing crisis of wanting more then you can afford
    Health care... They want everything that the "rich" afford for themselves without limits.
    Education... they get 1-12 for free.

    I agree.... the basics....they rest.... work your ass off for.
     
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