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Sunday, November 17, 2019

A counter to the argument that Christians have to just give money to the homeless unconditionally

From the 2nd Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians.  Emphasis is mine.

[6] And we charge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly, and not according to the tradition which they have received of us. [7] For yourselves know how you ought to imitate us: for we were not disorderly among you; [8] Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing, but in labour and in toil we worked night and day, lest we should be chargeable to any of you. [9] Not as if we had not power: but that we might give ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us. [10] For also when we were with you, this we declared to you: that, if any man will not work, neither let him eat. 
[11] For we have heard there are some among you who walk disorderly, working not at all, but curiously meddling. [12] Now we charge them that are such, and beseech them by the Lord Jesus Christ, that, working with silence, they would eat their own bread. [13] But you, brethren, be not weary in well doing. [14] And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed: [15] Yet do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

You must help the needy and the downtrodden, but if people simply refuse to work, preferring to spend their time getting high and laying about, giving them more money doesn't help them.  Giving them free stuff doesn't help them.  Hard Love is what they need.  Unfortunately, modern society has forgotten that fact.  Witness the homeless crisis in liberal cities.

These people don't want housing, they want drugs.  And I refuse to give my money to people so that they can get high, as it serves no real purpose other than their self-desecration.

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