"Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est!
Translation..."Where true charity is, there is God."
This is how God intended the poor to be cared for. Today in church, a representative of the Guadalupe mission spoke about their needs. The the collection plate was passed for donations to help alleviate their strife. I'm happy to say their needs were met with great generosity and without a government official in sight. One hundred percent of that money went directly to the cause, and none to administration. Those souls are also taught how to raise them selves out of poverty, and hand up rather than a hand out. This is how we help our fellow man.
It's easy to become complacent and ignore other's needs because the government makes it so simple. Just let us collect your hard earned dollars in the form of taxation, and we'll redistribute that money after we take our cut, and you can consider your obligation to be your brother's keeper handled. Nice try! The Congressional Budget Office has openly confessed that less than 30% of every government redistributed dollar goes directly to the cause. 70% of our financial efforts to solve problems is wasted in bureaucracy. This is not how we show our Creator we are good stewards of His blessings.
Just think of the charitable good this nation could do if the government lived within it's means and only collected the taxes required to maintain a minimal status. I believe that was what our founders had envisioned when they formed our nation, and we made it all the way to 1913 until we bashed that design by creating a federal taxing authority through the 16th Amendment. We would do well to note at this point that the Latin phrase above says Where true charity is, GOD, (not the government), is present. Is there any wonder why those in power try to impose a secular pose? The truth is charitable contributions in the name of God takes money out of their hands. No money, no power...... No kidding!