NPR has a series called "The Haves and Have-Nots". I sometimes hear from Christians that we will always have the poor among us, as Jesus said. So we can't change that and should not worry about doing so. I have blogger friends who on their blog have a banner that says "Help Make Poverty History" from "One.Org".
I have not yet heard the entire series on NPR. It's an interesting discussion. It's not a sin to be wealthy. What is a sin is the motivation to become wealthy for the love of money. Or hoarding one's wealth in a Scrooge kind of way.
What I find as entirely unacceptable is the notion that there is nothing in the American system, or in the global system that is inherently evil. That it's all about the heart. If people will just get right with God then they'll get up on their own two feet and over time will make more. There is truth there. But what is missing is the fact that all of these systems have people using them. People, who like all the rest of us, have heart trouble. People who are willing to leave others behind in their rush for more.
I know there are all kinds of wonderful arguments as to why the American free enterprise system is the best. Or why global marketing is going to bring much more wealth to third world and developing countries. And I tend to agree with the last point, at least.
When we see wealthy nations doing whatever it takes to guarantee their continued lifestyle and "way of life", while other peoples are left (with many excuses for that) behind, like in Darfur. I find this as just one of the scandals of living in a fallen world.
Being a good Samaritan begins at home. What about in our neighborhood? Among those we know? In our church? City? This is where we need to begin. As well as giving to those who help the poor, such as World Vision.
And I write off political candidates who call themselves "pro-life", yet say nothing about addressing this problem. (And who talk only about reversing Roe v Wade. But that's another subject.)
Just some of my preliminary, offhand thoughts that have been brewing for sometime. What do you think about it?