Cutting Foreign Aid to the Poor

A Pew survey earlier this year found that 56% of evangelicals think “aid to the world’s poor” should be the first thing cut from the federal budget. In September, a Baylor University survey found that Americans who strongly believe that “God has a plan” for their lives—as evangelicals do—are the most likely to oppose government intervention on behalf of the poor.

Read the rest (Wall Street Journal, written by Richard Stearns – President of World Vision)

You’re kidding me, right?

Hundreds of thousands of people are starving to death in the horn of Africa. (Just one example of hunger) Literally, our farmers grow more food than our obese people can eat. But apparently 56% of evangelicals think we should just let that rot and not try to help people with our wealth?

Seriously? I don’t get it. Can someone please explain to the 44% of us why the rest of you think we should cut aid to the poor before say, the Defense Department? You’re saying its better to invest billions in building weapons to blow people up than it is to spend the same money to feed people?

I’d love to hear someone biblical justification for that position. Do you have one? Help me understand your perspective.

4 Responses to “Cutting Foreign Aid to the Poor”

  1. Michael C. Fitzpatrick November 16, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    The ONLY justification I can see is they feel that it should be cut because it is the Church’s job to feed them. However, since we are doing such a blindingly poor job of it, I’d rather have the government do it than no one at all…

    • Adam McLane November 16, 2011 at 7:56 am #

      Curious. (Thinking out loud) Didn’t the emperor feed the poor bread in Rome? (Like at the colosseum?) It could be that my pre-coffee mind is mixing a Mel Brook’s version of history with my actual world history, but it sure seems like Rome had a feeding program. My point being that the Apostles didn’t tell the church NOT to support feeding programs. 

      Just a random thought. 

  2. Beth November 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Hm… I’m surprised it’s such a larger percentage. Maybe they just don’t trust the federal government to do it correctly/efficiently. Personally, I’d rather save my tax money and send it to World Vision instead of entrusting it to the fed. World Vision seems to have less corruption.

    • Adam McLane November 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Of course… the president of World Vision doesn’t seem to agree with that notion since he wrote the article quoted!

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