We have some dear friends who are struggling financially. She's had two silent heart attacks; he has a bad back; in their fifties. He lost a good job months after suffering a new back problem. In spite of the fact that he had never let up on his work. He's on a piece rate job now. They fell behind because initially he brought home only $75 one week, and not much more others. He's now making $300 more per four weeks, than expenses.
In the mean time the company dealing with their lot rent has hit them with fines and court fees. For being $21 short one month (November), they were fined and feed well over $100, alot for them. On top of that they fell behind in the mortgage of their mobile home. Both companies have come across to them as ruthless.
A church has kicked in nearly $1,000. $500 towards the mortgage debt. And the rest towards ending more fees and getting them caught up on lot rent. Now agencies have turned them down, after assuring them that it was just a procedure they had to go through, before getting the needed money. And on top of that, because he's pulling in the equivalent of $8 an hour (believe me, that's not much here in Michigan), they're taking away their medicare coverage. So the lady won't have her needed heart medication at $100 a pill. They were told, after having had the man send more information in, that they were denied because of lack of information. The mortgage company is on their heels again.
This is only one true story. Be assured. There are more.
Am I angry and upset? Yeah. We have plenty of wealth in this city. But people are falling through the cracks. Many in Michigan. And here in West Michigan.
The church needs to become stronger in addressing this problem. We are. And we still have plenty of room to grow. Likewise the government needs to be helpful. If we as a society, are not willing to have programs to help the poor, not willing to pay for them, then we are not a compassionate, caring society. I know there are complexities here. I had a good conversation by e-mail with Michael Kruse last evening. He was very articulate at voicing his thoughts- nuancing the issue better, and empathized and agreed with mine. This is nothing short of a crisis for many.
In the long term, there may be an adjustment going on as to how we live. Though technical advances seem to offset dwindling resources, to some extent, at least.
We look forward to the day when there will be no more poverty. When the kingdom of God in Jesus is set up on earth. And God's will is done fully on earth, as it is in heaven.
Meantime, we're to do this work here now. Any reading of Scripture will tell us that.
What would you add here?