If a king faithfully judges the poor,Proverbs 29:14 (King Solomon)
his throne will be established forever.
I’ve read many articles about the poor and hungry across our country, and the people who can’t afford their lifesaving medications. Yet never once out of hundreds of thousands of comments that I’ve read online across the message boards and social media, have I ever seen anyone make such a complaint, let alone ask for help. I’ve invited hungry and needy people to ask me for assistance, but no one has ever taken me up on the offer. Instead some threaten to give out my contact information to their local charity or food bank, to which I’ve responded with hearty affirmation: Please do! Yet nothing. My offer stands. I would gladly help anyone who needs it. Any American would.
There are many ways to explain this discrepancy with what the media tells us, but I think the simplest is that poor people don’t want free stuff, even if people at political rallies scream wildly for it. Instead they want to work hard and earn a living on their own. As for medications in the US, they are cheap, with a few notable exceptions. I’ve never once heard anyone complain about having to split pills. A politician who claims this is simply lying. If someone splits pills, it’s because they don’t need them, or more likely they are being pressured by their doctor to take an unnecessary pill, such as a statin or blood thinner, which has dangerous side effects. Thus they are actually protecting themselves from disease and injury. But again, if you cannot afford your meds or know someone who can’t, please contact me and I would be happy to help. Indeed this is the law:
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’Deuteronomy 15:11
The Torah is actually pretty stingy when it comes to charity. We are required to tithe of course, but we are told to bring it to Jerusalem to spend on ourselves:
You shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always…. And if you are not able to carry the tithe… then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money… and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.Deuteronomy 14:22-26
There are precious few verses on actual charity, such as this:
And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner.Leviticus 19:9
Ultimately poor people don’t want charity, but justice. And Jewish law is clear that justice is the highest form of charity:
Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.Deuteronomy 16:20
Open your mouth, judge righteously,Proverbs 31:9
and defend the cause of the poor and needy.
Keep justice, and do righteousness,Isaiah 56:1
for soon my salvation will come,
and my righteousness be revealed.
Millions of commenters online argue about justice and politics and what the law is and should be. People aren’t looking for handouts, even if they insist that others are. The truth is, charity only creates dependency and a sense of entitlement, thereby corrupting society. It’s completely unnecessary and usually harmful. Even worse, its implementation has been largely handed over to governments, which were originally intended only to judge disputes, but now use their power to enforce these destructive policies. This creates a self-perpetuating cycle leading to socialism and war.
It’s actually the affluent socialists who scream for free stuff at rallies. Not because they will benefit from it directly, but because they imagine themselves controlling the levers of power in the ensuing bureaucracy. Of course, they all share the same fantasy, and will fight each other unto the death, resulting in endless cycles of purges, and the realization of this will doom the prospects of socialism. Meanwhile the productive citizen, as much as she loves free stuff, knows that others love it even more, and she doesn’t want to have to pay for them too.
In the move Joker, the ‘protagonist’ complains that his state-appointed therapist doesn’t listen to him, and that he wants more medications even though he is already on 7. Of course this is preposterous. It’s not the state’s job to pretend to care about us (that’s your job), and psychiatric medications stigmatize people and destroy critical brain regions. He is crazy because of state intervention, and thus it was a relief (to me) when his counselor announced they would be closing. However in the movie this is meant to suggest that the state failed him thus leading to his debacle and therefore we need more mental health care. This is a good example of a countercyclical. Preposterous as well that he’d be the mascot for a riot for more state benefits. Did he also want a nicer apartment? I suspect the movie was a satire of socialism and antifa.
How did our understanding of charity fly off the rails so disastrously? Many people claim that Jesus taught that the rich should give to the poor. However this is a misunderstanding. For example, in the Parable of The Rich Young Man who wanted to follow Jesus:
Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”Matthew 19:21
Of course, Jesus knew the young man wouldn’t sell his possessions, nor did he think he should. It’s not bad to be rich. His point was that a rich person has no need for paradise, and paradise has no need for the rich. And this is a refrain of Jewish law, as are all of Jesus’ teachings.
Bill Gates travels through Africa curing its hapless people of the scourges that afflict them. Polio is eradicated – or is it? Finally indoor plumbing – but how long will that last? He squandered hundreds of millions, yet has little to show for it. Africa doesn’t need free stuff, they need freedom and equality. And no amount of money can persuade them to accept it. Instead, when we stop giving them ‘charity’ (which only creates a mafia of bullies to insult and threaten anyone who challenges how it’s used) they will be compelled to turn to justice. The same is true for Israel. We must export our values around the world, not our aid or arms.
In fact we were given God’s law because God found the practice of child sacrifice an abomination. Child mortality is by no means a problem limited to Africa. And it will be solved not by man or ‘Science’, but only by submission to God’s laws.
What then should the oligarch do with her riches if not spend it on charity? Simple: establish low carbon footprint retirement colonies for anyone who wishes, requiring in return only to spread the gospel. This is the way to transition to an age of relaxation and abundance in the Garden of Eden, as the Lord promised us. There will be no need for either riches or charity in this new world.
The ultra-orthodox prepare for the return of the Messiah by studying God’s laws. When everyone knows and accepts the law, we no longer have any need for government and can stroll through the Garden and be like God, without a care in the world.
The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,Proverbs 13:8
but a poor man hears no threat.