For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.
Economic times are tough!
If we listen to the experts… a lot of them say that ‘we the people’ have to get out and SPEND more in order to stimulate the economy. We’ve known for a long time that we live in a very consumerist, materialistic culture. We derive our joy our worth or status our security and our success by our bank accounts and our stuff.
If this is truly the focus of our culture (and there seems to be little doubt that it is) then, it is NOT a culture that promotes a concern for the poor (I mean… those who are truly poor). If nothing else… we are constantly being conditioned to believe that we, ourselves, are poor if we do not have the newest, fastest, best, flashiest, brand-named stuff. We may have a home, a car, a college education, a savings account, a retirement account, and money to go on vacation… but because we don’t have the Mercedes, the summer home at the beach, and the million dollar stock options… we can be convinced by our culture that we are poor!!! Uugh!
How are we supposed to focus on those who are sick and homeless and hungry when we are so darned twisted by the fact that we can’t afford the second trip to Disney World this year? This is really a mess.
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern. (Proverbs 29:7)