Good stuff, Michael. Seems we forget the poor way too much. We foist the needy off on the government and then complain because we are funding the poor. Sometimes Christians seem to consider poverty some sort of moral failure.
There is no doubt that poverty’s reach is both widespread and devastating. God’s people cannot be indifferent toward those in need, because His expectations for us in regard to taking care of the poor are woven throughout the entirety of Scripture.
For example, look at the Master’s words about the goodness of King Josiah in Jeremiah 22:16:
“He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me, declares the MASTER?”
And Moses instructed his people how to treat the poor and needy:
“Give generously to [them] and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the MASTER your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to” (Deuteronomy 15:10).
This sentiment is perfectly captured in Proverbs 14:31: “Whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
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