By Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz
I need you to put aside the preconceived notions the media has developed to define the “Republican Party” for a moment and consider this question. What is so wrong with the Republican message of: “Yes to helping widows, orphans, the poor, the needy or those who simply need a temporary hand up, and No to a system that supports and encourages dependency” Republicans aren’t trying to starve the truly needy. We just want to serve those truly in need or disabled, help those who are in need of a hand up and, for a short time, even attempt to motivate the freeloaders, sluggards and people who could actually work if they chose to.
Isn’t this just common sense? Isn’t this the Biblical Model? Isn’t this how most of our parents taught us? If yes, then what is the problem? Is it because of the media’s constant psychological bombardment of the people with the malicious idea that Republicans are “evil and heartless?”
Even though I grew up in a very socially liberal place, I still heard things like, “Make sure you take care of yourself.” I would also hear: “These people living off the system drive me crazy, how can anyone live like that?” And: “Why do I have to work to support others when we can barely support ourselves?” To be clear, I’m referring to white people talking about other white people.
Growing up Democrat and hearing these things, I figured, “Hey, we vote for Democrats because they think like this too.” You would think that this is a logical conclusion, but, as I grew up and started paying attention, I realized that is just not the case. I discovered that, in general, liberals have very low expectations of poor people like me. They were always condescendingly thinking I would never make it without the help of “government” and government programs. However, it was always a Christian, a church or a Republican that was teaching me something about how to achieve, how to forgive, how to put one foot in front of another and how to be anything I wanted. The Democrats wouldn’t hear of such fantasies.
While growing up, I was the furthest thing from Christian you could imagine, but in all of my religious experiments from Gnostic or Muslim to Christianity, I found that each religion promoted the ideas that work is virtuous and that laziness is one of the main obstacles to awakening.
Consider Buddhism. You probably think of a chubby guy sitting around looking at his huge belly, but even Buddhists have a warning against laziness: “A fool who is lazy causes trouble for everyone. When what should be done early is put off until later, it is soon regretted.”
When we get into Biblical scripture, God talks extensively about helping those in need verses those who are lazy. God even tells us that we are to have the poor work for their food so that they will not become lazy or content. With over 500 Scriptures related to the subject of the needy and the lazy, we should conclude that it is an important topic.
All of Proverbs 13 is GREAT! In Proverbs 6:6, God tells us to work like ants.
In Leviticus 19: 9-10, God tells us not to harvest all of our crops. Instead, He tells us to leave some for “the poor and the stranger.”
If you are a hard worker in need, that is understandable, especially in economic times like these. I think we’ve all been there, and there are times when I am sure many have gotten so tired that they just want to call it quits. Sometimes it seems like our efforts are all for nothing. So we get on the system, promising ourselves that it will just be temporary. But we soon discover the system is not a safety net but a spider web. It’s easy to stay on it, but very challenging to get yourself up and off of it. The government starts to penalize you for doing exactly what you should do if you wanted to get off the system. At the same time, the government rewards you with more benefits if you refuse to do what’s necessary to peal yourself off the government’s web of lies that promote social sloth or victimization.
In essence, the government is filled with people that have some type of financial or political incentive to keep us hooked on the system. It is as if they create rules that seek to create in us a mind-boggling inability to make the right decision, just to keep their jobs or stay relevant.
Like a newly freed slave who refuses to leave the plantation, too often, we willingly sacrifice freewill for a few days’ worth of comfort or necessities. This kind of system is in no way the workings of the God who created us. It is a system that uses racial myths and a web of lies to keep the same man down that it pretends to support. And when Republicans call out this system, they work to silence or demonize us by any means necessary.
Studies have proven time and time again that conservatives, Christian Republicans give, of their freewill, much more money to charity than liberal Democrats. The Democrat Party’s idea of charity is to call for “higher taxes on the rich.” Proverbs 22:9 says, “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.” It does not say, “He who is rich with a fat pocketbook will be blessed when he is forced to give to the government so it can give to the poor.”
If you want to lead a Godly life, there is no way to do that by supporting today’s Democrat Party. And if you’re poor or a minority, the Democrats want you to be stuck in a government-created spider-web of lies. “Shut up, take your measly benefits, squash your ambition and vote for us.” While Republicans recognize, in America, we have the ability to move in and out of economic statuses. What is so wrong with that? I cannot speak for other blacks, but as for me, I’ve walked off Democrat Party’s plantation. I am free.
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