Hooray, blog talkers for the week it was intended...
Do you think it’s the government’s responsibility to take care of the people? Why or why not?Hmmmm, this is obviously posted with whatever is going on in the USA election wise at the moment in mind, though we will be having local elections in a month or so.
As far as I'm concerned it's everyone's responsibility to take care of everyone else! I believe this to be not only a biblical imperative but a human one. We live in community, or we should, and we separate ourselves from others to our own detriment. Obviously Jesus said we should love our neighbours and in the famous parable of the good Samaritan extended that beyond religious and racial grounds - the same parable has a very practical side to it, as the Samaritan actually takes care of the injured traveller and pays for his rest and respite.
I have a left wing streak that compels me to say that those who have money have a responsibility to use it to care for those who don't alongside a right wing streak that says this care also comes with a responsibility on the part of the needy to do whatever possible to get out of their situation, and not take help for granted! In the UK we have a free (or almost free) health care system that actually, as they say in the literature, 'offers care for all free at the point of need'. This care isn't free as such, but all of us contribute a percentage of our income as 'national insurance' which seems right and fair to me - even if the richest wish to opt out and go private for their health care they are still responsible for supporting our National Insurance scheme - which also funds the state pension and social security provision.
For me, as someone who has grown up with this, (and seen the right wing's attempts to dismantle as much as possible over the years) it just makes sense - we are all responsible for one another and our care for the lowliest in our society is probably the best judge of our attitude to one another.