DO THE POOR DESERVE TO DIE?

“For the fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil: He practices ungodliness and spreads error concerning the Lord; the hungry he leaves empty and from the thirsty he withholds water” (Isaiah 32:6).

My thoughts–unpolished, unrehearsed, probably naiive.  Here goes:  how can Christians put their pocketbooks ahead of people?  I know that the politicians do it because their constituents do it and on and on.  But come on, brothers and sisters.  When people are hungry, can’t we feed them?  And when people are sick, can’t we treat them?  Won’t we?

Oh, please, don’t tell me that all poor people cause their own illnesses by smoking, drinking, and doing drugs.  If you couldn’t afford a dentist, wouldn’t your teeth be rotten?  If my mother’s dearest friend could have afforded a doctor, wouldn’t she have gone before the stomach cancer was too far gone to treat?  And wouldn’t my  Appalachian grandmother have gotten better medical care when she was dying of breast cancer?  And my hard-working grandfather have received help rather than dying on a ladder painting someone else’s house even though he had heart disease and never owned a house of his own?  Did they really deserve to die because they were poor?

God loves the poor as much as the rich.  God blesses the rich in order to bless others.  That’s true trickle down economics.

I don’t have all the answers, but I hope I would spend more money to help those who need my help.  I don’t deserve my blessings.  God has been gracious to me so that I can be gracious to others.  That’s my politics.

Open my heart, Lord, along with my grasping hands.  Show me how to love like you.  Amen.

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4 thoughts on “DO THE POOR DESERVE TO DIE?

  1. I definitely agree with where you are coming from. I’m curious to know if this is in response to something in particular. Either way, I think that collectively, we don’t take Jesus seriously about caring for the poor often enough. I feel like we just think, “Okay, I need to pray, read my Bible, go to Church, love my neighbor, oh yeah – and love the children. And then if I have time and extra money at the end of the month, there’s that whole take care of the poor thing. But I do send a box to Operation Christmas Child once a year. And sometimes I buy a Contributor newspaper. So I’m probably covered.” But that isn’t really what Jesus was talking about when he talked about meeting a need, I don’t think. I’ve never lived on the streets, but God has sent people to provide for me in incredible ways in the time since I moved out for college. And sometimes, He has equipped me to provide for others. But I know that personally, I don’t take Jesus seriously on that command often enough. Thanks so much for bringing this up.

    ps The only reason why I was curious about whether or not this was directly addressing something is because of the political stuff that is always floating around. Personally, I get skeptical about welfare programs because I’ve seen people take advantage of that and rely on support rather than take advantage of opportunities (provided that opportunities are offered) to become more self-sufficient. That is something I need to surrender and guard though so I can be a blessing to others rather than a cynic of others. I wonder if this might be another reason why some people avoid generosity all together…thoughts?

  2. Lisa Huddleston says:

    Yeah, Sarah, I think we worry too much about what others will do with what we give them, rather than considering what we do with what we are given. We are blessed to bless others. And, yes, my thoughts were motivated by all the political junk out there. Let’s shut up and do something. (My humble opinion.)

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