Poverty and War

We read in the Bible several statements which seem to be contradictory. When Moses forbids people to glean their fields during harvest he says to leave morsels for the poor people and hungry animals to gather and adds as an afterthought that “the poor shall always be with you.” Jesus echoes this same thought as the woman anoints his feet with precious ointment and one disciple objects that the price of the ointment could be given to the poor; Jesus says, “the poor shall always be with you.” We also read that until the end of time “there shall be wars and rumors of war.” We may conclude that it is impossible to eliminate poverty or war. And yet we are told that it is blessed to give to the poor and to be “peace makers.” If the wealthy man WERE to sell all that he has and give it to the poor there would still be poverty.

We may conclude that we are not expected through social activism to create some Utopian world where poverty and war have been eliminated. But, we do have it in our power each day to make certain difficult decisions. Our choices cannot fix the world but we are somehow judged by the choices we make.

Sow a thought; reap an action.
Sow an action; reap a habit.
Sow a habit; reap a character.
Sow a character; reap a destiny.


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