from my notebook

My head is full of thoughts, and I have to write them down.

Welfare

Acts 4:32-34  One commentary I read on this verse mentions the elimination of poverty among the people.  It used to be that way.  Not in my lifetime.  That people took care of other people, not zero poverty.  In fact, Jesus said the poor will always be with us.  But a major change took place early in the last century – the advent of government welfare.  Now even among Christians the mind-set is, “I might give to your cause, but what’s mine is mine.”

Some have blamed FDR since he began the government welfare program, but I have to wonder if the reason the program was deemed necessary was not just because of the depression but perhaps people had already started becoming selfish.  I don’t know.  I’m glad to say that was before my time.

The issue we have now is we have become accustomed to being taken care of by the government and taking ownership when we are blessed with possessions.  Can we ever get back to the mind-set of the early Christians described in the book of Acts?

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