Government charities vs. Christian

I agree that most government-blessed “charities” are not good for the poor, they are stagnant. Especially the ones that get money from government.

Government institutions drive incentive for both funds disbursers and recipients to increase their budgets. I saw this at a federally-funded vocational program that ended in Reagan’s first or second year. (NOTE: the funds went to a different program that worked with private “councils” (?) that decided where industry needs were.

I taught word processing and everybody came through doing their resumes on the machines we had (before PC’s were a thing). Most frequent brag on these resumes was how much budget they handled in previous “public” (government or government-funded) positions.

Later, another for-profit (good, super-well managed) vocational school I worked at was “bought” by a non-profit for the purpose of proving good intent after some scandals. Then it was sold to a “non-profit” school started by a local inner city politician. Barbara Carey by then drew a yearly salary of $60,000 for consulting (not much).

A group of “investors” then put money into the school and opened a number of branches, piggy-backing on the accreditation. After a year, each “investor” spun off have “his own” non-profit accredited school (wind wind).

People in a profit-corporation, non-profit corporation, and in government, act as humans anywhere, it’s called “human nature” . But government is what makes the rules. Because government is a recognized institution with a monopoly on the use of force, and “the people” allow them the initiation of force.

In “democracy” special interest groups lobby the politicians. Why? Because people in government have something to sell. They sell their power to lobbyists, and they use their power to accumulate wealth for themselves (they “deserve” it as public “servants”), and inevitably for their own idea of a good cause.

But I worked with missionaries who had left everything to share the Gospel, and along the way there was always some ministry of the category of “Consider the Poor”. For awhile, considered a “Jesus freak” of the kind you might think of as from 1960’s generation. But then went on to serious works.

When the gospel is received in a person’s heart, it changes him. Not everything overnight, but often it’s a lot of things, and longer-term effects and longer-lasting. There was a former drug dealer from the streets of New York –had his own corner– (paid off the cops every week). Another a former heroin addict from Puerto Rico beaches who “got saved”, quit cold turkey, went home with the brothers, slept for 20 hours and woke up with zero withdrawal effects other than the extra sleep.

Drug users flushed the stuff down the toilet in one of our communities in Santo Domingo. Another who was increasingly demented was brought back to his right mind after a few visits, with the “servant” of the home reading straight from the Bible each visit.

A “white gang” of the day came visiting with the idea of thrashing us with chains, brass knuckles, a few knives, but decided against it. Another city, a “black gang” followed a group of us walking home and started to kick and punch one of us, a sister of 16 years old yelled out “I rebuke you in Jesus’ name!” and immediately one of the group stopped them. Most of them prayed the salvation prayer and decided on a new life.

Nothing like Christian love, the love of Christ, to transform a person, to improve society. America has lost its politeness, its respect for one another that is a legacy of Christian culture, because they have drifted away from Christ, and that includes Christians.

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