Churchians (and our current society in general) like to argue for “social justice,” wherein the government, or other “approved” organization, provides the needy with financial support. This system is theological poppycock and should be disbanded immediately.
Understand that Christians are always able to provide support to those in true need. This is a biblical mandate, and we all agree in its efficacy. The story of the Good Samaritan provides a great example, where a wounded man is given aid, restored to health, and granted provisions to survive. This is good and proper, and we support such actions.
However, there is absolutely no reason for the government, church, or any other organization to financially and materially support anyone that is capable of caring for himself, nor anyone that has family that can provide such care. Note the words of the Apostle Paul, in 1 Timothy 5:4 – “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.”
In context, Paul speaks of widows who have lost their means of support (their dead husbands) and are in need. Rather than leaving these needy widows to live off the church, or anyone else, he argues that their families should care for them. What a heartless jerk! God forbid that one’s family takes responsibility for its own.
Of course, Paul is absolutely correct. In fact, he goes further, arguing in verse 8 that “if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
That’s right. If you have a family member that needs support and you pawn them off on someone else, whether a government, organization, or other person, then you have denied your Christian faith and are worse than an unbeliever. WORSE THAN AN UNBELIEVER. If you don’t like that, tough. You are an infidel.
Yet that is not all Paul says here. He includes the directions for younger widows to get married, bear children, and manage their household (v. 14). So those who are capable of living out a normal life should do so, rather than living upon the largesse of others.
Of course, inherent in these instructions is the idea that if a particular widow is aged, without family, then certainly they should be cared for. No one should be cast out, as all are worthy of love and respect.
But it is anti-Christian to pass on the duty that family members have, and relegate one’s relatives onto someone else, rather than stepping up and taking responsibility.
Men of the West understand this. They do not live on Welfare, as our current system is ungodly and unchristian. We reject this system. We take responsibility for our own.
It is a waste of resources to force the church to care for those who have family available, as Paul points out in verse 16. Those who rely on government or others to do their job for them are wastrels and sinners.
At the root of this issue is the concept of family. Nothing is more central to a robust Western Culture than the existence of strong families. Strong families are grounded in Christianity, tempered with love and devotion to one another.
In times past, it was common for families to care for their own. Most of us can look back to our forebears who did this very thing. I know of a family in particular where one man supported his wife and five children, two of his grandchildren (after the death of their father), one of his widowed sisters and her two children, and numerous other young people that had no one else. He did this with a third grade education. This is the example of a Godly man, a true Man of the West.
God give us the strength to live up to such examples.