The Unforgotten

“After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings” (Acts 24:17 NIV, emphasis mine)

My friends, the poor will always be with us (Mark 14:7; John 12:8). Even for those who doubt the Bible, who deny the existence of poverty throughout history, and who can imagine a future world in which poverty has been eradicated: do not doubt the evidence of the present. Christ came to “proclaim good news to the poor” (Luke 4:18; cf. Matt 5:3; 11:5; Mark 10:21; Luke 6:20; 14:13; 19:8). To me, the passage quoted above suggests that we must remember the poor (cf. Luke 11:41), and that alongside our offerings to God we must also give to the poor. Because of the inequality of earthly social and political systems the poor live a life which could so easily lead to stealing (Prov. 7:9), and so many other sins that each of us can no doubt think of.

The poor have most likely been sinned against; this is no excuse for encouraging and allowing them to sin!

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