Poverty. It’s simple to look at someone and say, “that will never happen to me,” or “those poor children,” but it’s hard to actually do something about it. Human nature leans itself toward greed, hedonism, laziness; whereas the Holy Bible attempts to teach us about the values of hard work, morality, overcoming temptation, resisting pleasures of the flesh, marriage, all of the things that go against our base nature.
That should help to explain why it is so hard to actually live the Bible, but let’s look at poverty and explore the thought processes that allow poverty to continue. Poverty, simply put, is a condition of living whereby one does not have the basic resources to live a sustainable life. Be it from unemployment or an unlivable wage, lack of clean drinking water or famine, inability to find or purchase housing, poverty is a problem that affects everyone worldwide.
In some regions of the world, poverty is so bad that children are actually sold off into slavery. These children could be enslaved because their family owes money to a diamond cartel, they were found by a sex trafficker, or they were just plain in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The biggest problem of all is that we are hypocrites who attempt to serve God as well as the almighty dollar and usually end up leaning toward worldly possessions and forsaking our core teachings. With the rising price of basic needs, this is becoming more obvious as more people turn to illegal and immoral ways of earning money or obtaining basic needs for their families. People are becoming ever more willing to steal, lie, rob and even kill for money.
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:24 (NIV)
Living the word is much, much more difficult than giving into greed and becoming rich in wealth, but through hard work and perseverance, love, generosity toward others and serving God rather than money, you will find that although your life will not necessarily become easier, you will find purpose and live an imperfect life that is far more fulfilling than a perfect life of callousness.