I praise God for giving me another opportunity to lead our group’s study. My topic was about Rich and Poor. It mainly focuses on what is the proper way of treating the poor & what is really important? Is it the material riches?
Who are the actual poor?
A poor person is someone who is struggling to meet the minimum needs of life: food, clothing, health care, and shelter. In the world today, we can say that poverty is found in Third World countries and even those who live in First-World nations that remain to be homeless and those who may have homes, however struggling to make ends meet. Coming from a Third World nation, it is appalling to see how problematic our country’s economic division is. You’re either very poor or ridiculously rich! This can go political so I won’t go further.
According to Proverbs 22:22-23:
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
But why is this always the case? I remember a Boston Legal episode where they tackled about how credit card companies do not target the rich when looking for customers. Instead, they target those who are classified as “deadbeats.” These are the people who generally pay only the interests without paying the principal. People do exploit the poor. Loan sharks would take every last penny you have, some lenders take your land as collateral in exchange for a meager amount. WHY?
Because people are not COMPASSIONATE to the poor. It’s a dog-eat-dog society after all.
Not every poor person suffer from laziness as what others may point out. Most of us have not seen “actual” poverty to be a judge of it. Some of them were victims of the society and some are discriminated against. Some of them are ill suffering from expensive chronic diseases. Some of them were deprived of an opportunity to step up.
We have to keep in mind that it is important to be self-aware whether at one point, we take advantage of them; we should be compassionate at all times. BECAUSE a lot still extort from the poor. Many look down and pity them. YET do not help them!
Where is our compassion?
MANY of us BLAME THEM for the situation they’re in.
The other day, I saw the news that the Philippines had another case of teen suicide due to the lack of money to support their homeschooling. The grandmother doesn’t have enough money to get them through the day, how else could she afford a laptop or an internet subscription to support the homeschooling. The teen was very much aware of their economic situation and decided to commit suicide instead. How poor can we get?
It was heartbreaking. BUT YES, we can still help others.
TODAY, especially at such critical time where most people struggle financially, what can we do to help?
- Donate your time and/or money to legitimate organizations
- Send a student (or more) to school
- Help in church pantries
- Support organizations demanding equal rights
- Support orphanages
- Inquire about the needs of your local hospital
Some of us help the poor by helping them identify the case of their problems, that their problems are their own. We may resort to tough love, HOWEVER, we must be very careful in rushing to JUDGMENT and keep in mind that we must help them learn better in a kind and loving way without CONDEMNATION & although GENEROSITY is good, we also must learn that unrestricted giving is also not appropriate. We may share our food with them but we have to eventually teach them how to fish as well. We must demand as much accountability as they are capable of.
Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”