Friday, June 24, 2011
Who are the poor?
Really enjoyed reading this post on who are the poor. Basic jist-we are called to the poor, the least of these, but who exactly is that? The poor in Haiti look dramatically different than the poor in America; does this mean one is more important? Should we make a distinction when we consider how to invest our time, talent, and treasures? And is there a need to serve them differently? How do we recognize the poor in America? Are they really poor? I also liked what was said about Christians making a distinction between the poor and the lost. We should frame our worldview from an eternal perspective, one that treats each person as a soul that needs to find a resting place for eternity. But not all lost are poor and not all poor are lost. So how does this influence us? Do we have a tendency to lump them together and assume that if we work with the poor, we are working with the lost? Or that because we have a friend who is lost that we have now served the poor? Just loved the thoughts that the post encouraged especially when I consider the community I grew up in, the community where I live now, and my job as a teacher in that community.