The Poor Will Not Always Be With Us

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Of course this is a direct contradiction to what Jesus said.  BUT, have we allowed Jesus’ teaching to cause us to be complacent? Even if it isn’t eliminated, what if we could, in a generation’s time, eliminate untold stories of disease, pain, suffering, famine, and death?  What do you think?

  1. david says:

    I don’t think that Jesus’s statement as recorded on this topic was intended to suggest that his followers should not endeavor to help the poor or even work to eradicate poverty. I fear that almost all of his followers (myself included) have fallen fall short of Jesus’s example of sharing, sacrificing and giving so that the needs of the larger masses are met. The video makes a great point about the wealth of followers of Jesus in America — if we would stop consuming and wasting money on frivolous things, we could do great things in helping those around the world. Quite an indictment.

  2. Curt says:

    I think a lot of people would like to give more, but out of their surplus. Unfortunately, consumerism is the prevalent God in American society and they give first to it, so there is no surplus at the end of the month. Even worse, more likely there is a deficit.

    Watching the video, it is cool that the world has reduced the amount of children that die of preventable diseases down to around 22,000, but is that a number to be proud of? To put in prospective, Niles has around 11,000 people living in the city limit.

    If you visited in the morning and came back by noon and every person you saw was dead, then it was repopulated and by night time it was empty again. Would we be comfortable with that? Just because we don’t have to actually witness it, does that make it easier for us?

    Best way I know to change a life with very little funds is With a one time loan of $25, you can literally change a persons life. These are micro loans to people in another country where $25 in a fortune to them. They actually repay the loan and you are free to take your money back or re-loan it to someone else. The repayment rate is 98.8% Wonder what the repayment rate is here in America?

    The cool thing is you choose who you want to give your money to. You put a face to your loan and giving. What is $25 to us, dinner for four with drinks at McDonald’s? To someone in a third world country, a chance to end a cycle of poverty.

  3. Shirley Hall says:

    We have 8,025,719 individuals in America that have no cash income. They are not being counted in any statistics. That is more individuals than the population of Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Utah. Many “helping” agencies are allowed to automatically turn them away when they ask for help because they have no cash income. When you have such widespread accepted preaching of “classism” in America – it is no wonder they are not being counted. Horrible descriptions of the poor are accepted by the “middle class” – descriptions such as knowing which grocery store garbage bins can be accessed for thrown-away food and know how to move in half a day, etc.. If this “othering” was reversed to describe professional people attending these trainings, these trainings would be discontinued immediately. I know what Jesus taught in the New Testament. We are to care for others and help take care of them. But for it to be real it must be from the heart. Instead in America, we identify those without and make sure they stay that way. It’s more for the have’s and much less for the have-not’s. The heart is no where in the picture.

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