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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: Is "forget the others" a Bible doctrine?
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          Aug 8 2013: Forgive me for butting-in on your conversation with Doc but I was thinking you were representing the philosopy of "forget the others" as a teaching of Jesus Christ. Thank you for making it clear that it is not. Be well sir!
      • Aug 12 2013: "Forget the others" as I read it is a biblical doctrine. "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." -Matthew 7:5 which to me means do not worry about how much others help the poor or how they feel about it, simply help the poor yourself and forget what others are doing, feeling, saying. It's not only biblical but also "red letter."
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          Aug 12 2013: Thank you, I see your point, but I am focused on the idea of forgetting the others who do not trust in God and do right. I do not understand Jesus Christ ever taught that his followers were to forget the others who do not follow him. Jesus taught that the gospel was to be preached to the lost so that by hearing they might be saved. Perhaps Deepak meant the comment in the way you interpret it. If that is how he meant it there is no disagreement between us. Thanks for your thoughts
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      Aug 8 2013: Deepak, thank you for your statement, "Yes there is a disconnect between the secular mindset in every religion." Do you have any thoughts on how we can "connect" people to the teaching of their tradition and move them to care for the poor? Thank you again.
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          Aug 8 2013: Hello, Deepak. Yes, the Bible talks about the "poor in spirit." We should be concerned about every aspect of a person's life. My tradition emphasizes sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am trying to help them understand the need to "Serve" the Gospel. Thank you again for your thoughtful contribution to the discussion.
      • Aug 12 2013: Doc, I truly believe the best way to connect people is a multi step process. 1) serve others. Rich, poor, happy or sad, serve all people. Hold the door for someone carrying packages, buy coffee (or a meal) for the person behind you in line. Pay someone's toll on a toll road. That kind of thing. Heck, even smiling at someone is a form of service. 2) talk to people. And when you talk ask them about themselves and then listen to them while making eye contact. 3) when someone thanks you for one of your acts of service tell them to pay it forward. 4) let God work. Sometimes we plant a seed and God waters that seed and we never even see all the steps to the harvest nor the harvest itself. Be okay with just planting a seed or watering as you go along. Be okay with not getting the thank you. And finally advertise opportunities to help.
        Each year I organize the Samaritans purse operation Christmas child shoebox mission. But the entire church donates stuff to pack the shoeboxes and the Sunday school kids pack them. People who don't normally volunteer participate in this every year. Make volunteering,and helping the poor easy. :)

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