Does Government aid really aid us? That is an interesting question with lots of different ways to look at it. So where do we start exploring this topic? We will start with the source of all true wisdom; the Bible. Romans 13:1-4 says: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” This gives the purpose of government. Hmmm…. this dosen’t seem to say anything about taking away other people’s money and distributing it however you please. It isn’t in the job description of government to give the aid. And even if aid was in the job description, there are many drawbacks to it. First of all, government aid makes the government too powerful. Secondly, it makes people too dependent on the governmen (God wants to take care of us; Psalms 23:1). Thirdly, it blurs the political wisdom of the recipients. It does this by making people vote for the canidates that promise the most “aid” not the ones with virtue. Fourthly, God wants us to be self-supporting (2 Thessalonians 3:7-10 and 1 Timothy 5:8). And besides, God wants us to focus on giving not getting (Malachi 3:10 and Proverbs 3:9-10). The Bible talks about ordinary people helpinging the poor in many places, such as Levitucus 25:35-37, Deutotonmy 15:7-8, Acts 2:45, and Romans 15:26. In conclusion, government aid does not aid us.
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