There’s a battle on both sides of the political spectrum. The poorer people want the rich to pay more taxes. The rich are tired of people feeling they are entitled. Which side is correct?

Both.

God meant for the richer Christians to bless the poor. Leviticus 23:22 says, “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.”

More is expected from people with money. If you see someone hungry, you are to feed them. That doesn’t mean you need to give them cash. You can buy them food.

However, there is the other side of the coin. A lot of people stand on a corner with a sign saying they’re homeless and ask for food. Yet when you offer them something to eat, they refuse,  because what they want is cash. A news station here did a story on people begging at the side of the road and found that most went home to a house. Sometimes the people living there were on government assistance. They just found that begging was an easy way to make money, and you don’t have to pay taxes on what you receive.

God did not mean for people to wait for a handout. He expects us to work. Proverbs 10:4 reads, A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

If you are healthy and able to work, don’t expect a free ride. It’s not fair to those who work for their money. If you can’t find a job, find a yard that needs to be mowed and offer to mow it for ten or twenty dollars.

Helping people who are in need is one thing. Expecting others to help you is another.

I understand the arguments on both sides. The rich should be willing to give more. However, there are a lot of people on welfare and Social Security disability who shouldn’t be. Welfare is supposed to be a helping hand, not a lifestyle. And alcoholism isn’t a disability.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the election comes out. It’s almost like the rich vs. the poor. I’m one of the poor. However, I think we need welfare reform badly. I’m also for a flat tax so the rich can no longer get away with deductions that keep them from paying their fair share.

Where do you stand on this issue? Share with us a story of how you’ve given in the past, whether it was with money or your time. Or was there a time when you had a hardship and someone was generous with you? Or worse, you needed financial help, and there wasn’t any.

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