A Biblical passage like 1 Timothy 5:3-16 might seem irrelevant.
But before we cut it out of our Bibles, look at what it says. Compare to today.
At least use it to critique our modern approach, if not our thinking.
First thing to note is that Paul simply assumes the church should be involved in caring for those in need. Just as was the case with discipline when we considered the first couple of verses in this chapter last time, he simply assumes that Timothy will accept the need for the church to be involved in caring for her members.