MSNBC.com posted on 24 August the article “‘No compassion’ for Katrina loan applicants". It is a story about how employees in the SBA who were supposed to help victims of Hurricane Katrina were rewarded for closing loan applications quickly and penalized if they did not. Very often, applicants were required to fax in documents, sometimes with as many as 70 pages, within 48 hours. Remember, this was an area hit by a disaster, so the likelihood of even having all the right documents was small.
One thing it points out is that a huge centralized agency is not necessarily more efficient. While a catastrophe this size needs some assistance from outside, the net effect of a huge centralized organization sometimes just becomes a bottleneck.
God’s form of distribution of needed assistance within Israel was a lot more centralized, distributing the 3rd tithe “within thy gates” (Dt 14:28-29). In fact, God seemed to desire a flatter type of government overall, as the Book of Judges records no centralized government at all but regional judges sometimes serving at the same time in different areas.
Worse is the callous attitudes with which the SBA carried out its duties. It is very similar to how the banks have dealt with all the economic problems of the unemployed and those with high medical bills, callously foreclosing on properties while only 17% of people seeking assistance have actually received any.
Jesus said that because of iniquity, the love of many would wax cold (Mt 24:12). Some have argued that this only applies to Christians because the word is “agape”. I wonder, though. If even Christians are having difficulty with love, what about the world? Does this mean that Christians in the end time become lukewarm in love? Do they allow the world to change them rather them affecting the world around them?