When comparing demographics and religious factors, the odds of Christians saying poverty was caused by a lack of effort were 2.2 times that of non-Christians. Compared to those with no religion, the odds of white evangelicals saying a lack of effort causes poverty were 3.2 to 1.
This really matches up to what I have observed in real life and on Christian blogs. This also touches on the points made in the Victorian Slum House reality series that back in the day Victorian Christians believed that poverty is a morality issue. (therefore there wasn’t much help for the poor). If you are poor, its because of your character and therefore you are to blame. While that can be true in some cases, I wouldn’t say it is true in most cases. Still this sort of belief continues and I see it daily, especially in someone like Lori Alexander, who obviously is wealthy and gets to sit on her perch and say to others that if a woman has to work its because she isn’t praying enough, isn’t godly enough or doing something enough.
“There’s just too many that just rely on government or they rely on family. They just rely too much on other people helping them, rather than just going out and doing it themselves,” he [Michael O’Connell] said. “They don’t talk about that in church. They talk more about people in need in church than people who are just lazy.”
The funny thing about this quote is when it comes to women, they are told specifically to rely on men. Going out and doing it themselves is feminist. If your husband isn’t providing or simply can’t because of being disabled or dead, women are still treated as if they had a moral failing. In those cases, a woman is still not suppose to go out and do it themselves but rather pray that God will find some way for them to work at home. It must be confusing for women who are raised in a country that values individualism and independence more than anything, but yet at the same time are told that women must rely on men and not be independent. Its quite the contrary message.