I’ve been involved in benevolent projects for many years. Most of these efforts have been buying and distributing food and clothes for the very poor. In recent years I have been involved in Safe Fresh water wells for rural South Africa. As long as I live I will be involved in some type of Christian related humanitarian project at some level. I don’t regret being connected to doing something to help people who are hurting. There is a tremendous blessing that comes through handing a kid a new pair of athletic shoes or a new coat. I wish I could do more.
The problem is that charity is not the answer. It helps. It’s just not the answer. I would take one small factory hiring one hundred people in a county over fifty charities in a county. A paycheck is always better than a handout. One factory or any employer hiring one hundred people at a reasonable salary is better than a bunch a little charities raking and scraping to keep a light bulb burning at their local food bank. Unfortunately, too many of these charities are visited once or more a month by low paid workers who simply cannot survive on $8 an hour. Thus, you have the unemployed and the working poor who keep the food pantries open and scurrying for funds to buy cheap food from a larger national network chain. Overall, America must have higher wages. We hear too much about sticking higher wages to a few certain corporations. However, we must bring real paying jobs back to America from coast to coast.
Sadly, I can go back to the same places where food and clothes have been disbursed and nothing has changed. The same little shacks with the same families live inside. As I have heard, give a man a fish and you’ll feed him again and again. Teach him to fish and he will feed himself.
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