One of the troubles with a social welfare state is that it makes a proportion of the population state sponsored trustafarians. Being a trust kid is bad for you. There is no motivation to get out and scratch. Doing nothing is boring.
When we have nothing to do, we feel unwanted, useless. It is good to labour. But a social welfare system rapidly becomes corrupt, and you have generation after generation on some kind of benefit.
In my view, the biggest difficulty has been funding for single mothers. I raised my kids solo, as did Kea. We both had to work, quite hard, to do so. The local idea is that there is such a benefit for a short time but an expectation that (a) both parents raise kids (b) there is support for child care and (c) both parents work. However, there is a subset of our society where young women are encouraged to have kids early and regularly so that they remain on the child carer benefit for a very long time. This is bad for that family: matriarchies have now been tried and they don’t work. Kids need both Mum and Dad.
But far worse are the activists who believe the dole is their right, because society must support their activism.
If you ever try to rebuke such people, you will end up with them trying to burn your job down, remove your reputation, and unperson you. The idea that a man should provide for his family is seen as retrograde.
But it is a sane way to be. Kids need someone at home full time. One of the reasons to leave the city is that the land is cheap in the back blocks: one reason to home school is to keep your kids away from these state sponsored fools.
25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” 28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” 30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
Before I look at the other part, I should add that there is no sin in being poor. The sin is to think that the belly is all that there is. All that exists is desire for our bodily functions and pleasures. That money is the final goal, or power over men.
I’ve had seasons where I’m poor. Having a reasonable income is much better.
But Christ took this somewhere else. He is not talking about himself. he was sent to give us the ability to do the work of God. This is not the work of the world.
Our rulers distribute a dole, but require we accept their regulation of our lives.
In Christ, however, we have the freedom to do what is good, and right, and noble, and true. We are broken by our own acts. In his death and resurrection there is forgiveness, salvation and hope. The bread is a metaphor and it is also a symbol at the table of communion.
Let us choose to stand and be free men, servants of God, and live in truth.
And not let us agree with the lies of the present age.
1.If you marry or cohabit, the state will expect your spouse or partner to provide for you and take their income into account. There are subsidies for families who work on low wages. This means that there are young women who deliberately disavow their partners, and find themselves without love. Not good for the woman: worse for their child, and much worse for the men. There is a reason this group have very bad outcomes on any measure you choose, and a reason why progressive governments don’t measure these outcomes.
2. The current fashion of allowing kids to explore gender diversity and then being shocked when they decompensate and have a high death rate — driven by the education department — is an evil example. it is not merely the USA where schools have become abusive to children.