The question in the title of this post is not based on a large sample of data. It is only based on two recent conversations I have had with people receiving government handouts. In both cases, I was speaking with unmarried people. In both cases these unmarried people were living with a person of the opposite sex—and they weren’t just roommates. In both cases I asked what kept them from getting married. In both cases I was told that if they got married they would disqualify themselves from receiving government money.
They didn’t buy my argument that it was better to do the right thing than depend on the government. I could see Jerry Maguire in their eyes shouting “show me the money.”
They’re selling their virtue for a few bucks from the government, and we the tax payers are funding it.
It gets worse.
In one of these interactions it became clear that this couple abuses prescription drugs, marijuana, and crack. Now where do they get the cash for that?
We the tax payers pay for part of it.
Government cannot help either of the two couples I am describing, unless you define “help” as creating a situation that makes people refuse marriage lest they lose government funding. Or maybe we’re defining “help” as feeding dependence on handouts so that we can rid people of whatever dignity and honor they might have left? And let’s not forget to define “help” as funding the habit.
What these two couples need is the gospel.
Jesus breaks the power of cancelled sin and sets the prisoner free.
May he do it in these lives. May churches everywhere put their arms around people like these I am describing.
And may the Lord grant wisdom to those who govern. I pray God will give those who are over us the kind of wisdom that causes peace and safety and happiness to flourish, rather than the kind of “wisdom” that increases immorality, servility, and substance abuse.