Do you remember that old saying, “Charity begins at home”? Where do you think that originated? I do know that today many people seem to think that is just an old saying and doesn’t apply any more. The word charity has “caritas” as its base, which is Latin for “from the heart.” Sure, I made that up, but I am close to what charity really is, from the heart. An individual who gives something good from their heart is doing charity.
The current definition of charity in the Washington, D.C. dictionary is something that is taken from one person and given to another. Some label that social justice, others call it redistribution of wealth, but Progressives all say that it is the government who does the giving. Of course, those Progressives fail to mention that it is also the government that does the taking. And who decides what is taken, from who, to whom, and how much, is all decided by the government. So, welfare, Medicaid, EBT cards, public housing, bus passes, college grants, tobacco subsidies, and just about anything else one gets from the government is “social justice.”
Judeo-Christian morality is, in my opinion, the basis for the saying “Charity begins at home.” The New Testament mentions more than once that one day each person will face the Almighty and will give a testimony as to what they did on this earth. What you did to the least of my brothers, so you did unto me is Jesus’ challenge to be charitable. No mention of the government being responsible for charity. Yet, so many people feel that they do not have to be the source or impetus behind charity, that the government will do it. Progressives have successfully redefined charity to mean government entitlements, take from the many and give to the few, or redistribution of wealth. The Progressives have successfully convinced the media and the American public that saying one “cares” about a group or opposes “injustice” means that the problem is solved. Any attempt to define a problem and craft a possible solution is met with cries of uncaring and cold extremists.
But, charity does begin at home. You give your time and efforts to others as a gift, and even as a sense of duty for your family or friends. Giving to complete strangers takes charity to the level that Jesus asked, as well as other cultures and traditions that treat strangers with respect and kindness. But, again, that is not the government. Perhaps rather than taxing more to “give” more, we should work in our neighborhoods and make a difference that does not involve the government.
– G Dub Dub