The subject was brought up on another thread. Who is responsible for taking care of widows, Governments or Church? In our church we believe that you are to owe no debt. Therefore we highly encourage owning property without mortgage. They wouldn't have to worry about paying for their house, because their husband would have already taken care of that before his passing. We would have to help out on the yearly taxes, shouldn't be too big of a burden for a church. Her monthly bills would consist of electricty and phone, maybe liability on her vehicle if she was capable of driving. Still a relatively small amount. Not to hard for a church. We all have gardens and raise livestock for food. All the ladies would give a portion of their food from the garden, or eggs, or meat if they had something butchered. Between us all, they would lack no food. We encourage heating with wood. So in the winter time, every family would give her wood to carry her through the winter. In the event of health problems, we would take offerings to cover the expense. We have plenty of young boys who would be happy to maintain the lawn and should repairs be needed the men of the church would pitch in and get it fixed. If by some chance the husband failed to provide a debt free home for his wife, the church would put her up in the missions quarters. I should mention, that if the widow would have any surviving children and weren't a part of our church, they should, out of honour for thier parents, help in every way they can, rather than dump their parents into the governments lap and turn them over to a nursing home until they die. So you see, you can be supported by the church without the aid of big daddy government. The problem is that churches and Christians quit fulfilling their God given obligation and cried to another source for help. Sounds like the children of Israel. Is it no wonder God says: 2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.