March 28, 2018
No, it’s not elaborate human machinations. It’s not perfecting the work of the Federal Reserve. In fact, by Constitution, I believe the existence of the Federal Bank is on the edge and tends toward the coalesence of power.
There is a better way.
Deuteronomy 15:4 – 6
“There will be no poor among you, however, because the Lord is certain to bless you in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance…”.
What a startling statement. Is that even possible? Yet here is a bold-faced promise. The condition of the promise follows:
“…If only you obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow every one of these commands I am giving you today. When the Lord your God blesses you as He has promised you, you will lend to many nations but not borrow; you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.”
This was given to the nation of Israel, particularly chosen for God’s purposes. But cannot this promise apply to anyone?
Cannot the case be made that the extent of poverty in a nation is directly proportional to the extent of disobedience to God? Disobedience – someone’s disobedience – is often responsible for economic lack.
Plenty of ready examples present themselves in our world. Maybe the underlying truth to Jesus’ statement that ‘you will always have the poor among you’ is ‘there will always be sin among you’. Do not take this as saying only the most sinful people are poor. Sinful governmental practices induce poverty, as well as sinful individual choices.
You may ask, “What about sinful rich people?” Good question. Sinful choices such as greed do enrich some people for awhile, but often results in others becoming poorer. I do not equate wealth with goodness or sin. It is how it is directed and used that makes a difference, and reveals much about the heart of individuals. Is the wealthy person helping people move ahead economically or not?
I do not equate being poor with personal sin, even though often it’s the case. Sometimes it is the sin of others who have the power to manipulate and “legally” steal. Like I said, there are many layers.
But at root, chronic poverty is a result of sin, in my opinion, and I believe this can be illustrated.
That is, unless someone chooses such a life to honor God, and some have. But then the question is raised: how does that honor God? And maybe it does. This account lets us know chosen poverty has something going for it.
I have been captured the past few years by the importance to the mind of God of humility. It seems to be one of the central things for which He seeks in human beings.
- Humility helps us learn.
- Humility accesses the favor of God.
- Humility guides us toward what is right.
- Humility precedes honor.
- Humility opens the door to wisdom.
- Humility will result in being lifted up by God.
Prideful people miss much. Obedience is not on their list of important considerations. Prideful people fall, sooner or later.
Why this sidetrack to the subject of humility?
Because pride makes us blind to sin, and sin is a basic root of poverty. Either my sinful choices or the sinful choices of people in power have much to do with economic health.
This is not to say a God-following person cannot make a foolish mistake and lose because of it. But deep rooted poverty, I believe, has to do with deep rooted pride and ignoring of the ways of God. Another foundation of poverty may be a hopeless, victimized outlook on life.
As I said, this has multiple layers, but honest examination of circumstances will reveal this truth.
Obedience to God, individually and communally results in great good, including reducing extended, chronic poverty. Check the Word of God and see if you do not agree.