The Christian world today is becoming more and more involved, and sometimes obsessed, with serving the poor. And in many ways, this is a good thing since the church at large has remained comfortable for so long behind her 4 walls. So, I do applaud the church for taking some radical steps to start serving the poor. But I’m starting to think that there is another definition of poor, or perhaps that we need to re-define the word poor. So, here’s the question that Maria and I have been wrestling with lately:
Which is more poor? Is it the person who only maybe eats one meal a day, has one set of clothes, has a 4th grade education, and goes to church 3 times a week to hear God’s Word, rejoice in His promises, and worship Him among other believers, then returns home to sleep with their 5 children in their tiny one room house? Or is it the 2 income family who has a child in University, has a nice car, nice house, but absolutely no knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ because they have never heard the message of salvation because they live in a country where there is no Christian witness, no church, no missionaries, no Christian outreach. Nothing. So, they live their comfortable lives of pleasure, greed, and hedonism because that’s all they know,without realizing that they are headed towards eternal destruction.
So…who do you think is more poor? Whom would Jesus say is more poor?