Definition of poverty
a: the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions
b: renunciation as a member of a religious order of the right as an individual to own property
On Monday my classmates and had to write down what words come to mind when we hear the word ‘poverty’. Our words ranged from poor, uneducated, lacking, naked, starving and so on. Andrew our speaker from the week opened my heart and mind on how to help people in poverty.
Andrew Vanderput spoke on the subject of poverty and works for a organization called Poverty Cure. Andrew defined poverty as broken relationship between God, self, others, and the rest of creation. A gap - A lack.
Are people the problem? is, in fact, the fundamental problem us? for the cause of poverty?
These are some of the questions Andrew taught on, people aren’t the problem people are the solution! If you have been keeping up on my blogs I have mentioned many points on poverty (from the Poverty Inc movie), and how we all can help and how our help can cause a negative long-term effect. After learning and expanding on this subject I will list a few points and quotes that stood out to me.
We are to Dignify others.
We are made in God’s image.
People are the solution, not the problem.
“There is no silver bullet for the solution of poverty.”
The system is broken.
70% of the developing world is unclaimed.
The need for private land.
“Without justice, there is no foundation.”
A moral culture is needed.
I had no grid for the importance of private land, and the rule of law. This is key, I was reminded this week of the quote from the movie Shrek “What are you doing in my swamp.” I am reminded how important private land is to be civilize and to be a steward the land, this is Biblical (Genesis 1:29).
I had a moment when I stepped into a foreclosure home, for my job (back in Oregon) I looked up the address drove to the destination and arrived, I had to double check the address to see if this was the right house.. I saw a couch on the front lawn, dead grass and heaps of trash. I unlock the door and immediately the smell of stench welcomed me. At this moment the Spirit was so sensitive to me, poverty of the soul. We have no foundation if our soul doesn’t connect with God. Rotting in the inside, death. Physical need for poverty isn’t enough in order for growth spiritual poverty is needed in order for true human flourishing.
People will continue to stay in poverty when Christ isn’t the foundation, God is the source for life and life abundantly.
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