The poor are not those who lack stuff.
The poor are not those who lack knowledge.
The poor are not those who lack justice or power.
The poor are not those who lack God.
It’s all that and more! Poverty is complicated. It is the natural outcome of a fallen world. And each of us is impoverished in one way or another: materially, spiritually, relationally, emotionally, physically, mentally.
“Sin,” not the specific kind, but the fallen condition of humanity is the cause. Poverty is the distortion of relationships (to God, self, community, other people and God’s creation).