In Deuteronomy 15:7-11 it says
“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
I actually found myself in quite a heated debate on a sensitive topic in our province. It’s a topic that comes up in so many ways in so many places and that topic is income assistance.
We live in a society where people have become so greedy that we shut off our hearts to those in need of a hand up. Yes there are many who take advantage of supports that are in place to help but why do we have to be so quick to cast judgment? Only they and God know their situation and as a society we are supposed to support of neighbours. We are not to speak ill of them or judge them. When we are blessed we need to share our blessings so others may be blessed and they to must in turn pass on the blessing. This “Paying it forward” action causes a ripple effect and soon many are being blessed and society works in harmony. Why do people take the attitude of “I earned why should i share it?” And then expect others to help them when they are in need? Instead we need to take the attitude of “God has blessed me let me bless you” !! And not expect anything in return except the pure joy that comes with helping our neighbours.
We need to change our attitude about charity. Do not assume that somebody is lazily or taking advantage. Instead assume that the person truly needs a helping hand. Be kind to others, give willingly to those who are in need. Do not cast judgment and look at others a beneath you. Look unto others as brothers and sisters and love them and pray for them and, perhaps, because you showed kindness and love they can turn around and do the same when they in turn are blessed.