The Bible targets two groups as in special need of help and support: Widows and orphans. A clear example of this would be,
(James 1:27 KJV) Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.In modern American culture the number-one cause of poverty is single parent families. The vast majority of cases involve the absence of the father. There are three major sources of this situation: Death of a parent, divorce and unwed mothers (or irresponsible fathers). Death cannot be avoided. It is a natural part of life and it seems that children hammered by this tragedy adjust and move on. It is different when the father walks away, legally through divorce or morally through abandonment. That is more like an all day cold remedy. The chemicals just keep being released. The poverty is not only financial but emotional and intellectual. Remember that Dan Quayle was right, even if no media talking head would admit it at the time.
To be continued...
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