Why We Can Do a Better Job At Helping Each Other Than Any Government or Charity

Minister Paul J Bern
8 min readNov 28, 2022

Which Is Better? Letting Charities Distribute to the Poor, or Helping the Poor Ourselves?

(Nehemiah chapter 5, verses 1–13) By Pastor Paul J. Bern

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The events of these past few weeks on Wall St. and inside the Beltway in Washington, DC have been a reminder to us all that the super-rich have taken over our country in a bloodless coup. Everybody has been the victim of predatory lending practices that has resulted in millions of people having student loans which can never be repaid. Wages are stagnant at best as corporate America continues to keep all their profits closely guarded in-house. Slavery may have been abolished in 1865, but starvation wages still prevail. This is the reason the “Occupy” and “We are the 99%” Movements have remained so popular, except that it has evolved into Black Lives Matter and the fight for a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, among other things.

The Economic System Is Unfair

Why is it that the rich have taken over the whole country while the remaining 99% of us languish in poverty? I can sum it up in one word — debt. The rich have buried the remainder of us under a mountain of debt. Today’s American consumers are faced with being forced to borrow just to pay their bills. We have upside-down mortgages, upside-down car loans, never-ending student loans, usurious title pawn loans, payday loans and a whole host of other predatory…

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Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player