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).
There are lots of ways to begin to alleviate poverty. But not one way can eliminate poverty. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try but the reality is that poverty is complicated and more than just about stuff. So use your gifts to alleviate poverty in the ways God has equipped you to do so.
Don’t assume you’re not “poor.”
I know you are.
I know I am.