It’s funny how the poor were so incredibly important to some branches of religion. The concept of “the deserving poor” is one that’s still in flux today. Some people dedicate their entire lives to serving the poor and homeless, with homeless shelters, soup kitchens, charities. This concept I think stems from the idea of the deserving poor. The extreme prosecution may be lessened in more modern times, but people will always try and better themselves through the concept of charity, and it all began through the idea of “the deserving poor.” Really, subconsciously, charity is kind of a selfish act. That’s what it seems like to me anyway. Not that there can’t be positive intentions with charity; it’s just that not all intentions are, shall we say, pure.