Putting money in the charity box does not lift people out of poverty, we will be asked on the Day of Judgment on how we spent our wealth.
Part of the mainstream discourse of the Republican Party is that it is not the government’s job to help the poor. This view originates in certain forms of Protestant Christianity who not only believe that the government holds no such religious mandate and responsbility, but that the rich (at least in the Calvinist view of the world) are indeed blessed by God and that the poor have more or less fallen from His favor. This view flies straight in the face of what the Catholic Church taught for over a millennium and what Christ taught in the New Testament in so far as how blessed the poor are and the risks of being rich and wealthy. Imam Ali (as) similarly taught us that the poor are messengers of God (al-miskīnu rasūl Allah) and the Qur’an teaches us on the potential disasters wealth may have on our salvation.
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