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Why do many politically conservative American Christians oppose social welfare programs when the Bible calls on Christians to help the poor?

It seems that there is a disconnect between the secular mindset of many conservative American Christians who oppose welfare programs and the call to help the poor. Why?


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  • Aug 8 2013: 1. They believe in the "American Rugged Individual" myth where you worked hard and do not ask for help and get through it. Many have forgotten the trouble and trials their original ancestors who immigrated to the USA went through and the number of people who helped them.
    2. When they hear the number 16 million children are starving in the US, they do not see children just a number and say what are the parents doing?
    3. They feel empathy for their neighbors and people in situations they understand. They do not feel empathy for people who are not their neighbors or are in situations they do not understand.
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      Aug 8 2013: Wayne, thank you for your sharp insight. I believe that you are correct and have made a very good contribution here. Thank you again.
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      Aug 8 2013: Is this something you feel only applies to conservative minded Christians?
      • Aug 8 2013: -nope applies to many people of all religions and some would apply to liberals also - 8>)) I never trust anyone who say they have the answer without modification.
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          Aug 9 2013: I would say it applies to most people in general. Honestly, I find most people who claim to be altruists doing so for their own personal glory, or using it to get a vote. Prime example, 90% of politicians.

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