Tag Archives: poverty

POSITIONING FOR THE HARVEST

More people are slipping out of the middle class into the abyss of poverty. The feast at the banquet table continues to expand for the wealthy, while the middle class and poor fight over the leftovers and scraps. Printing more currency will not reverse this trend. Amassing more debt will not secure a rescue vehicle. Continue reading

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ABOUNDING

God shapes a grateful heart in many ways. Our consumer culture incessantly tells us that we are one purchase away from happiness. Marketers do not nurture contentment, much less gratitude. Sometimes comparisons jolt us out of a fabricated existence. Seeing what I have in comparison to what many others lack humbles me. It exposes how liberally I spend and how miserly I give. Continue reading

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JUDGING HYPOCRISY

People just cannot resist misquoting the Bible in order to support their positions. The MSNBC host of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, fell prey to this temptation recently. While interviewing Tavis Smiley and Cornell West, two prominent African-Americans, Scarborough took a swipe at political conservatives for their religious hypocrisy.

In the interview with his guests on “Poverty in America,” Scarborough accused conservatives, who consistently refer to religion in their message, of missing the core of Jesus’ message. To support his critique, he referred to a section of Jesus’ Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24-25. Continue reading

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JUSTICE WILL BE DONE

Sunday, May 1, following months of extensive intelligence work on a lead, a U.S. Navy Seals special ops team assaulted a mansion where bin Laden was living, killing him and four other people. Many believed he had been hiding in the rugged terrain in Pakistan’s western region near the border of Afghanistan. Instead, he was occupying a luxurious residence in the resort city of Abbottabad, home to over 500,000 people and just 30 miles north of Pakistan’s capital.

Former president, George W. Bush, issued a statement, “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight, America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.” Continue reading

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