Daily Archives: January 18, 2008

What the Bible says about the Poor

The Bible contains more than 300 verses on the poor, social justice, and God’s deep concern for both. This page contains a wide sample of them, and some reflections will very likely feel a good deal of resistance (possibly at first manifesting itself as indifference). Churches in the west have departed strongly from Biblical values in these areas, and even created a rationalization– “prosperity theology”– for rejecting them. It takes time and reflection to get past this misteaching.
But try to get past the resistance. Spiritual growth doesn’t come from what goes down easily, or what we like to hear and read. It comes from what’s different, and even difficult.
It’s not a topic you hear preached on in any depth – well not in my experience. concern for the plight of the poor and social justice is very close to God’s heart and something as Christians we need to take very seriously – as there are grave consequences if we don’t.

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