|Notice the litany of prescription pills in the undercarriage of this homeless man's caravan.|
The following was my public response to a dialogue regarding government's role in welfare and suspicion of repeated top-down methods from the wealthy (top) with those subject (bottom) to working or existing in the culture managed by the wealthy.
My personal take is that regardless of the label attached to any government system, the rich continue to rule over the poor, and the weak are subject to the powerful.
I don't see this as evil or good, but simply the reality of the world.
It is the manner that people are treated and brought into the fold of society that would show the ethical and moral approach of those who manage such systems.
To the issue of central government's effort to address homelessness, or economic lulls, or generational welfare in certain demographics of society:
There is a time to give charity, and then there is a time to call people to do their part.
Even the king has a role and part to play, not simply sitting aloof in his castle, but representing an ideal of generosity, honor and integrity.
The king is actually the greatest servant if he knows the enormous responsibility of his role.
It is the king who manages his estate's affairs in a kind and humane manner, not treating his subjects as commodities, but as fellow brothers and sisters.
Although the greater context of the following excerpt can be argued to be speaking to a specific issue, the reality of what is being expressed is very much still contextually relevant, even Today:
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Yeshua Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
- 2 Thessalonians 3: 7-13
Lots of people hate what the bible has to teach for a variety of reasons known and unknown to themselves, but they have a difficult time refuting the manner the lessons and realities still speak to generation after generation.... and the lessons are rational, timely and carry with them solutions.