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A man who does not take care of his own is despicable.

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Charity, Welfare and Government

Charity is not an appropriate function of the government, no matter what any particular religion or theological authority claims. Charity is not part of the legislative duty of the government. (This was noted by James Madison in a 1794 speech in the House of Representatives.) Furthermore, elected officials use public benefits to win votes and create a circle of dependence.

Extended family is to care for all family members

Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

No work, no eat

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Underserved

A Democrat senator wanted to bring fresh food to "underserved" communities to combat obesity. Why are the "underserved" obese?

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The Bible re Welfare 2014-01-18