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“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him” (Psalm 41:1).
The Psalms, proverbs and the writings of the New Testament make it clear that we should help the poor. And is that Christian obligation ever more important in today’s economic climate, as the pandemic puts tens of millions of people on the unemployment line. Prior to the pandemic, over 20% of the children in the U.S. (the most affluent nation in the history of this planet), live in poverty! That is a shocking statistic! Today, poverty is defined, for a family of four, as annual income under $25,750. (In NY the figure in $29,818). Again, one out of every five children in the most affluent country this world has ever seen lives in poverty. Look beyond our borders – particularly to nations in Africa like Kenya or Somalia and poverty is the way of life. To be honest, I’m not sure that most of us have a clue as to how it is to live in poverty, with little or no hope of ever exiting such conditions. Yet, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes it very clear how we need to look toward and help the poor:
- In Luke, Chapter 14, Jesus states, “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you…” (v.13)
- As Paul noted to the Galatians, when Paul and Barnabas received support from pillars of the early Christian church such as James & John when reaching out to the Gentiles, “Only they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do” (Galatians 2:10).
- God admonished the people of Sodom: “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom; she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy… They were an … abomination before me” (Ezekiel 16:49-50).
No matter what our situations are, we are affluent, as the world defines financial status. Literally billions of people are far less fortunate than you and I. Keep the poor in your prayers. Reach out and help them in their struggles, as you are able.
- Hank Funsch
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