Writing a check does not usually do the job.

Instructions: There are 2 responses below. Write a 100 word response for each.

Response 1:) Shala

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12 New Living Translation). The Golden Rule encompasses the empathic essence of morality. It is a simple yet powerful way of saying that we should recognize our fellow man’s dignity and not forget we all are capable of inflicting immoral actions. This is vital in following the commandments of God and creating a more virtuous world.

“Providing benefits and payments to participants in health research, either in cash or in-kind, is a common but ethically controversial practice” (Njue et al., 2015). Governments around the world transfer benefits to their citizens, sometimes as cash and sometimes in the form of in-kind transfers of goods and services. Some economists feel that cash benefits give the most significant boost to the recipients’ happiness, yet most governments choose in-kind transfers as the preferred way to control how aid dollars are used.

Just giving cash to the poor is not typically a good plan because it is often counterproductive. Very frequently, providing money to someone does the recipient more harm than good. It is hard to help people. Writing a check does not usually do the job. If it did, the trillions this country has spent on various income transfer programs would have wiped out poverty.

Whether in democracies or other government systems, politicians the world over has through the ages preferred to redistribute economic privilege mainly through benefits in kind, rather than through cash.


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Njue, M., Molyneux, S., Kombe, F., Mwalukore, S., Kamuya, D., & Marsh, V. (2015). Benefits in Cash or in Kind? A Community Consultation on Types of Benefits in Health Research on the Kenyan Coast. PLOS ONE, 10(5), 1–17.

Response 2:) Ryan

The Bible discusses the distinctions between the rich and the poor and how they are all children of God in the end. Scripture says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all” (Proverbs 22:1-2, New International Version). The Bible talks about the importance of remembering we are equal in the eyes of God. Rich or poor, we are all God’s children. Another thing Scripture says is, “The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are” (Proverbs 28:11, New International Version). While we are all equal to God, it is the poor that are the ones stronger in faith.

In the Bible, the role of the ruler is to provide for their citizens. Scripture writes, “A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops” (Proverbs 28:3, New International Version). Scripture tells us that it is one of the central roles of the ruler to care for their poor citizens. It is when the ruler does not care for their citizens that they are not doing what is best for their nation. It is important for his city and for the ruler’s own salvation that they rule for their citizens. A market economy is different as the ruler allows for their citizens to flourish for themselves. It seeks to help protect citizens from oppression, but it does this by allowing the citizens more opportunity to exist on their own, not its central function helping the lesser-off individuals.


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