Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Poor People (Part 2)
Sad Facts
For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'
Deuteronomy 15:11 (NASB)
For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good...
Mark 14:7 (NKJV)
Reconsider yesterday's conclusions: 1) Neither ignore nor denounce poor people. 2) They may need your help, and you may need theirs. Now take a look at some modern headlines:

Violence Has Forced 60 Million People From Their Homes...
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/refugees-global-peace-index/396122/

Refugee crisis: Europe starts putting up walls...
http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21665032-germany-and-other-countries-reimpose-border-controls-europe-starts-putting-up-walls

Donald Trump: I would force Mexico to build a border wall...
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/donald-trump-i-would-force-mexico-build-border-wall

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 805 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2012-2014...
http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm

Nearly one half of the world's population, more than 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, less than $1.25 a day. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty...
https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty

In 2014, the official poverty rate was 14.8 percent. There were 46.7 million people in poverty....
https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/

The gap between the rich and the poor keeps widening, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says...
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32824770

Numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau earlier this month confirm what many have known for a long time: The gap between the rich and the poor in this country is growing ever wider...
http://www.salary.com/why-the-gap-between-rich-poor-is-widening/

Inequality Between America's Rich and Poor is at a 30-Year High...
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/12/inequality-between-americas-rich-and-americas-poor-at-30-year-high/383866/

We can understand why they need our help, but why in the world do we need their help? This is an arrogant question to ask. Even so, it crosses too many minds. But if you believe on the Cross of Christ, then let's go to His Book for the answers. I, for one, have a lot I need to learn.

And until we do, people are dying. Jesus is crying, and we must cry, too.

To Be Continued...


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