Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A simple thought for a new year







Poverty provides context for much/most of Chrisitan "revelation." Embracing the struggle versus poverty is a faithful option that connects us to God.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what that means, but if it means there is anything spiritual about poverty then I reject it. I think it's much more spiritual to do your job, go to work everyday, provide for your family and do your work as unto God.

Jerry said...

I think the post means to "engage" in the struggle against poverty, not that poverty itself is spiritual. However, the post by Gutierrez, a day or two ago, came close to claiming that in order to be truly spiritual one must be in poverty. I truly struggle with the whole issue of my personal role in all of this--how much is enough? How much is too much? I wish there were easy answers but they do not seem to be forthcoming. As I live and struggle, hopefully the answers will be made clear. As it is now I feel I am "looking through a glass darkly" so to speak. Finally, one post from Gutierrez a long, long time ago still sticks with me--that is, will we have a "letter of recommendation" from a poor person on the judgment day? Also, his admonition to have "one concrete poor person in your life" still rings in my head and heart. Over the past several months I have made attempts at having a concrete poor person in my life, and have had some success, but not continual success. I will strive on. Thanks for your work, Larry, and thanks for your continual challenging of the status quo of our thought.

Larry James said...

anon 10:14, this is not saying that poverty is spiritual. This is simply recognizing that God shows up where people experience poverty and God shows up with real concern.

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