“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” – Acts 20:35
Recently, the pervasive attitude in America is “Help yourself; Take care of yourself.” But that’s clearly not Biblical. Paul himself said, “… these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.” He worked hard and he shared.
Some Christians are generous with their own time and money, but the political trend is to block attempts to help others: to keep poor people poor and give them handouts such as dinner once a week. In fact, I’ve seen verse 34 used as a condemnation of the poor—even though the context doesn’t fit. And some of us lump all poor people together as “unemployed” and “lazy,” when this isn’t actually the case. Most work long, hard hours doing things we’d rather not do, are unemployable, or are too young or old to work.
Meanwhile, taxes, minimum wage, and the cost of college assure that the very rich will stay rich, the middle class will struggle, and the poor will remain poor. A hot dinner doesn’t help people rise from poverty; it keeps them there. The political battlecry is “Don’t waste money on the poor!”
Is that what people are? A waste? Jesus wouldn’t say so.