Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,not in the passion of lust like those who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,... But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, AND TO MIND YOUR OWN AFFAIRS,AND TO WORK WITH YOUR HANDS, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders AND BE DEPENDENT ON NO ONE. 1st Thessalonians 4Read the whole bible, not just parts.
So you truly believe that Jesus would agree to cutting programs to help the poor -- "the least of my people" -- so corporations can keep abusing their power and the richest of the rich can continue to get richer? Really??
Look, Criss......those aren't my words, ok? They do not discount brotherly love, and Jesus certainly advocates taking care of the "widows and the fatherless". But he also has a lot to say about sluggards and people who don't work. Who exactly do you think pays for all the entitlement programs - the poor people who don't pay taxes? Who pays wages to employees? Could it be 'evil corporate America'? And when is the last time you heard that George Soros (sp?) was personally housing and feeding homeless people?And BTW, Since God's word clearly indicates that he has known individuals before he even created the world, and he purposed people's lives in the womb, your feigned concern for "the least of these" is entirely disingenuous given your current position on abortion.
Jesus actually comissioned and commanded the church be responsible for the welfare of the poor - not the government. I won't disagree that the church has fallen woefully short on their obligation.