Grateful to God or the Government?

The current surge in Food Stamps suggests that more families may be thanking the government than God, at this holiday season.

What originated as temporary relief has evolved into a permanent entitlement program, like Social Security. In some states, tax-paid bureaucrats race to sign up potential food stamp [the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] users by interpreting guidelines as broadly as possible, so the state can qualify for more federal money!

In reality, the federal government has to borrow most of the money to provide these benefits.  Ultimately it has to increase taxes and international borrowing or cut deeply into other national priorities. Self-respect and self-reliance are diminished in the recipients and compassion involvement and charitable inclination are diminished in the working members of society.

Rather than allowing ourselves to become more dependent on government, church and community programs should be facilitated first and federal welfare programs should again become the last resort.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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