The poor will always be among us and how we treat the poor speaks about who we are as people and as a nation. I read two opposing views concerning the care of the poor in local papers this past week. One in The Macon County News (6-27-2013) and the other in The Franklin Press 6- 28-2013) Written as letters to the editors, both use Biblical references to defend their views on government programs for the poor.
One letter makes use of Mark 14:7 where Jesus is to have said, "You will always have the poor with you, and whenever you want to, you can give to them." There is no mention as to the context of this story. Jesus was admonishing those who were scolding the woman who was anointing him with expensive perfume. Yes, the expensive perfume could have been used to benefit the poor, but the overlaying theme was about Jesus and his death and burial. It was not care of the poor.