Helping out the poor

In this election season, much has been said about the redistribution of wealth – of helping out the poor. Jesus addressed this issue in scripture:

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. John 12:1-8

When the disciple wanted to take the woman’s ointment, sell it, and give the money to the poor, Jesus rebuked him. In effect Jesus was saying, “If you want to help poor, help the poor with your own money, not with someone else’s.”

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4 Responses to “Helping out the poor”

  1. Another thing: Jesus stated that there would ALWAYS be poor among us. Those liberals – and even professing Christians – who give their all to eradicate poverty don’t believe the Bible. Nothing wrong with helping the poor while using that as a platform to preach the Gospel to them – but let’s make sure our goals are based on the Word of God, and that we believe what God has already stated.

  2. I agree with you, that we should help the poor with our own money. I don’t believe we should delegate such a job to the government. We should directly give to it the poor, or give to charities that help the poor. I think, if a government wants to help the poor, they should advertise charities that help the poor and urge their people to give to them, rather than involuntarily taking their money and giving it to the needy.

    In regards to Jerry who commented. I think his statement is very misguided. Yes, Jesus did say there will always be poor, but that doesn’t mean we should help them. Jesus said to LOVE your neighbor. If your child had no money and was living on the street, as a loving parent would you not help them? We are to treat everyone with that sort of love, in as much as we can. Even should we go so far as to LOVE our ENEMIES. Such as, those darn liberals with their agendas.

    I think sometimes, we get so wound up with wanting to preach to our neighbors(which we should definitely do) that we forget to love them. Yes, I believe we are warning them about hell because we love them, but we should meet them where they are. They would be more willing to listen to our beliefs and be of a more understanding heart, if we are willing to actually give something of ourselves, in love, to help them.

  3. I meant that doesn’t mean we should NOT help the poor in my second paragraph. =)

  4. Hi Shawn, I agree that like-minded people should work together on things like helping the poor rather than relying on the government to do it.

    I don’t think Jerry is against helping the poor. I think his point is that the government seems to think they have the power to eliminate poverty which contradicts what Jesus said about having the poor with us always. In fact, Jerry said there is nothing wrong with helping the poor – and I agree with Jerry – as long as it is a platform for getting the gospel to them. If we put food in their belly or a roof over their head but keep the gospel hidden, have we really helped them?

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