The Deserving Poor?

As I continue to plug away at my doctoral project, I came across an interesting article in a 2005 issue of Christianity Today. They write:

"As Americans set new records for charitable
giving in response to Hurricane Katrina, some fundraisers are seeing a
principle confirmed: when the suffers are perceived as innocent
victims, donors respond generously.

"On the other
hand, giving patterns suggest donors are losing patience with chronic
problems such as poverty, in which suffering is arguably exacerbated by
questionable choices. Private donations are shrinking for homeless
shelters, AIDS-related services and programs for troubled youth, to
cite just a few examples."

They go on to cite evidence of increased help to the "deserving poor," and declining support to the "undeserving poor."

Do you think Christians should make a distinction?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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