Why Should I Help The Homeless?

The homeless crisis is a crisis of civilization. The media and the government portray the homeless crisis as a result of the failures of individuals, instead of as a failure of government and institutions. The homeless were once productive, employed, loyal members of our society. They paid their taxes and did everything expected of good, decent law-abiding citizens. But then the rules changed, and they got dumped on the side of the road.

We are told -- and we often believe, due to the influence of the media and the government -- that there are social programs to help these people, but the truth is that the programs help those who RUN them, and the people they are supposed to help receive little or nothing. Professional college-educated bureaucrats get paid between $1500 to $5000 per month to dole out checks that range from $250 to $700 per month, and the first thing they look for when they get new applications for aid is how to disqualify the applicant! Sometimes the very programs the homeless formerly paid for with their taxes, for that undreamt of day when they might fall on hard times, and may need to use them themselves, refuse to help them.

Civilization is a product of an agreement among people to co-exist. But the homeless are destitute precisely because civilization turned its back on them, and abandoned them. It is true that some of the homeless are lazy, that some of them have mental illness, but the rate at which the homeless are increasing is illustrative of a larger looming social issue than just a few lazy souls. About 1995 there were estimated to be 50,000 homeless in Los Angeles, California; in 2000, it is now estimated that there are 80,000! The reason we have not heard about the homeless crisis in the media since 1993, is because of partisan feuding: The majority of the press are made up of Democrats, and when a Democrat entered the White House, the homeless crisis suddenly lost all of its newsworthiness! What our media are NOT telling us is that when people feel abandoned, they can become dangerous.

We should not help the homeless because we are afraid of them; we should help them because we care about them. But we should also remember that by helping them, we are helping our own society and our own civilization. Government may turn its back on our neighbors, and thereby contribute to the dissolution of our society, but the prudent individual recognizes that it is in his own best interest to help those in need, for there but by the Grace of God he, too, could be in need sometime in the future.

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

"And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

"And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?
And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

"And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from they hand;
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength;
a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

"And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear."
                                                                             Genesis 4:8-13