24 August 2008

Food for Thought

Been tossing an idea/question around in my head, with friends here in Uganda and now you...
Is poverty a choice?


David M. Quinn said...

It depends whose choice we are talking about. Are we talking about the choice of the person living in poverty?

Prov. 24:32-34 says, "I saw, and took it to heart; I looked, and received instruction; a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit."

Sometimes, people in poverty are the ones choosing to be lazy.

Are we talking about oppressors who chose to oppress the weak and keep them in poverty?

Prov. 13:23 says, "Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice."

Sometimes, a person in power is preventing someone from escaping their poverty. The person in poverty isn't choosing to have someone come and steal from them.

Or, are we talking about God's choice?

1 Samuel 2:7 says, "The Lord makes poor and rich,He brings low, He also exalts."

God has his reasons for bringing trials into our lives at times to produce a greater good. The reality is that God, along with multiple people, are choosing things that are affecting other people and their choices. And somehow God oversees it all.

It is usually a combination of multiple factors over a great period of time. A few things I know; that i can't bring myself to say that a 2 year old child is choosing to live in poverty, or that God is choosing to allow people to live in poverty (for a time) for no good reason, or that ultimately we will not be held responsible for what we actually did to give the good news of the gospel to the poor in the time that we lived. My love towards those living in poverty, for whatever reason, is a lot more important than my thoughts on how and why they got there. We'll gain wisdom to sort out the reasons as we grow in our relationship with God and as we build relationships with people in poverty.

Lena said...

I agree with David...It depends.

I do know that Gods ways are better than ours and so even those that we see as poor may be rich in Him.

I'm going to keep thinking about this one...