What are factors contributing to poverty? This article looks at single mothers, violent crime, segregation by race and income, school quality, and income inequality as contributors and how the book of Proverbs sheds some light on them.
Chapter 6 is an exploration of the significance of Jesus’ promise that the gospel is “good news for the poor" (Luke 7:22). The social and political dimensions of the gospel are reflected on. The gospel is presented as a message of liberation, grace, and community.
Focusing on 2 Corinthians 9:12-15, this article shows that God expects His church to reach out to the poor and needy. The church should show justice, mercy and corporate humility. This is in line with the Old Testament commands for helping the poor.
Giving and helping in order to address the spiritual cause of poverty and meet the needs of the people is possible. One can help in such a way that both the human dignity of the one helped and biblical equality are elevated. This is what the article unpacks.