Is the biblical call to care for the poor a mandate to individuals, or is it a mandate to governments and bureaucracies?

Christians readily agree to the idea of caring for the poor among us, but seldom to how this should be done. Does the biblical tithe factor into this, and what about the gleaning laws of the Old Testament? Are American Christians “off the hook” because the federal, state, and local governments have taken it upon themselves to create poor and welfare laws in an attempt to alleviate the suffering of the “poor, the tired, and the huddled masses”?

The Right Wing Reverend continues to consider President Obama’s Christianity as he further examines the President’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2012.