You and I, not government, should care for those in need

The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian morals and values. If there is any doubt about where the United States morals and values should rest it is time for another reading and study of the “Declaration of Independence.”

The first sentence of the second paragraph establish that the United States is a Judeo-Christian nation, it says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

At the time of our founding most of the citizens of the United States were Christian. Their religious instruction book was the “Holy Bible.” When they are referring to the Creator they are referring to the God of the Holy Bible and none other.

Because of the morals, values, and instruction of the Holy Bible they left many things out of the U.S. Constitution when it was written. One of the things that was left out was the care of the poor and needy! The Holy Bible is very exact on who is responsible for the care of the poor and needy.

When you read the scripture in the Holy Bible you will find that both God and Jesus instructed the people to take care of the poor and needy. They addressed the individuals very specifically that it was their responsibility. The way that God and Jesus addressed the individual; it is a personal responsibility, a non-transferable responsibility.

We as individuals have the responsibility to care for the poor and needy as directed by God in Deuteronomy 15:11 and by Jesus in Matthew 19:21, Mark 10:21, and Luke 18:22. Not only are we to personally take care of the poor and needy God had Paul write in 1 Timothy 5:8 that we must provide for those in our household and our relatives. If we fail to care for the members of our household and our relatives we have denied being Christian and we are worse that one who is a non-believer.

I believe in caring for the poor and needy as a personal responsibility. I do not believe that the government should be involved at all. Caring for the poor and needy should be done voluntarily. It should never be a forced redistribution as is the method used by a government.

Ray Shamlin

Rocky Mount