SHUNNING THE POOR
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:“
“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?“
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
—Matthew 25:35, 37, 40
It’s getting tougher to be poor in the World’s Most Christian Country™.
STUDY: Almost a quarter of American families have turned to church food pantries for help – And more urban churches are shutting down their food pantries according to both media reports AND this writer’s personal experience. A variety of reasons have been given for the closures, but it all adds up to one thing: there is less food available through non-governmental channels for those who need it.
Even through governmental channels, less help is available. The heavily-criticized food stamp program has cut back benefits and further cuts will supposedly help offset costs for such things as ObamaCare and Michelle O’s eat healthy programs.
Add to this the number of cities which have passed laws making it a crime for individuals to feed the homeless (while most media have focused attention on a Ft Lauderdale, FL case, Philadelphia and other cities have also passed such laws), and the supply of food to those least able to afford it has been tightening.
One more disturbing trend: in the USA, many feel that “Someone will take care of the poor.”
“He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.“
Meanwhile, the Corporate Media in general–and the conservative Corporate Media in particular–churns out a steady stream of “Everyone who needs help from the government are lazy bums.”
Never mind that many of these people worked for years and paid taxes which supported these programs.
The articles appeal to self, pride and vanity–surely a few of the devil’s go-to sins in tempting man.
“Come on! Take a little pride in yourself! Where’s your self-esteem?”
The main point of many of these media pieces is to create among those who still have a grudge against those who have not. Which is unfortunate–since most of the American middle class will be disappearing soon and, one suspects, will be in need of help.
It reminds this writer (especially since the Christmas season has recently passed) of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.
First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Are there no prisons?
First Collector: Plenty of prisons.
Scrooge: And the union workhouses – are they still in operation?
First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
Scrooge: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I’m very glad to hear it.
First Collector: I don’t think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.
First Collector: Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. Now what can I put you down for?
Scrooge: Huh! Nothing!
Second Collector: You wish to be anonymous?
Scrooge: [firmly, but calmly] I wish to be left alone. Since you ask me what I wish sir, that is my answer. My taxes help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there.
First Collector: Many can’t go there–and many would rather die.
Scrooge: Well, if they would rather die, perhaps they’d better do so. And, uh, decrease the surplus population.
A FEW OBSERVATIONS
1 Scarcity of food is one of the signs of the end times.
“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.“
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”
—Revelation 6:5-6, 8
2 Whether the reader has abundance or scarcity, don’t concentrate on food alone.
“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
3 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
—2 Corinthians 9:7
4 Don’t forget what the sins of Sodom were.
“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
Sound like any country with which the reader is familiar?
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[Parts of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: December 19, 2014.]
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- PRAYER CIRCLES: Another Pagan Practice in the Church
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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11 thoughts on “Hunger USA: Tougher to be Poor in America”
Good article on the poor and hungry ajc
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