DarkJedi wrote: ↑
04 Jun 2019, 05:29
Just to throw this out there, and I know not everybody agrees with this or thinks this way, but I do believe that people receiving church assistance (there are several long term ones in my ward) should be assigned weekly if they are physically able
. I'm more willing to give the ones who hold a calling and contribute in other ways a pass, but some of the several in my ward haven't even come to church in years. One of them comes every month - the first Sunday to meet with the bishop and give him the bills to pay. Otherwise they are unseen and unheard from.
This is one reason I like Dave Ramsay's Financial Peace University program. He works from a Christian perspective. He advocates first building a reserve for unemployment or calamity. Note his plan below:
Baby Step 1 – $1,000 to start an Emergency Fund
Baby Step 2 – Pay off all debt using the Debt Snowball
Baby Step 3 – 3 to 6 months of expenses in savings
Baby Step 4 – Invest 15% of household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement
Baby Step 5 – College funding for children
Baby Step 6 – Pay off home early
Baby Step 7 – Build wealth and give!
Notice how aggressive giving occurs after you get your fiscal house in order. It's in Baby Step 7. So if you do run into financial trouble, you are TRULY SELF-RELIANT. So that means you aren't dependent on the church for rent, food and groceries, and utilities, while also obligated to clean the chapel.
It's always bothered me how the church teaches self-reliance, but only after you pay the church tithing. If paying tithing puts you in a deficit position, requiring church assistance, from a church perspective that's OK. Very self-centered. Further, it puts the church in a position not to be accountable in any way to its members. And history has shown, the leaders at the top appear to NEED such accountability.
It's one reason I guess I'm at peace with not having a TR, not having status, not being fully invested in the church mission.
Now, if you have people who simply won't do what is necessary to put themselves in a better position, then perhaps Chapel cleaning is in order. We had one person who would take training courses to get him out of the low paid labor market, but he would refuse to take the final exam, or finish the courses. Why would someone do that? Because he didn't want to do the work after he completed the program. That is the only reason I could think of. Someone like that who has no interest in getting self-reliant, and looks to others for support should probably be required to do work for their assistance.
Someone who paid tithing all their lives and then runs into a rough spot (partly because they gave away their reserve to the church over the years) should get a break.
I have tried to rely on the church for non-financial needs I've had (adoption, emotional support for a mission, counseling) and there are never resources available. So I would be VERY reluctant to ever rely on them again.