The Bible does not state that being affluent is necessarily bad and that being poor is essentially good. Money's love, rather than money itself, is the source of all evil. If you don't love your money, you can have enormous wealth and be a great saint. Similarly, poor people are capable of committing major sins. Judas was a follower of Jesus who, on times, went hungry. He, on the other hand, was obsessed with money and betrayed Jesus in exchange for silver.
Regardless of the standard for prosperity and poverty, God cares deeply for the poor, and our response to them is shaped by the causes of their poverty. Some Christians are poor for four reasons:
In James 1:27, the Bible says:
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
Some people are poor because of a calamity and not through any fault of their own. Some are widows and widowers and they are not able to successfully fend for themselves and their families. The church must care for this group as we are told pure religion involves providing for orphans and widows whose impoverishment, by definition, is caused by tragedy.
2. Ungorly Exploitation
"Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour."
Some are poor because of ungodly exploitation from others, expecially during judgement. Because they don't have much, they are denied what they deserve and thy become poorer. Caring for these requires Christians to bring their influence to the justice system.
In 2 Thess. 3:10, the Bible says,
"For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat"
Some people refuse to work, but this is not true of every needy man or woman. Paul tells the church not to help those who will not work because no food for a lazy man. This is also a reason why some Christians are poor. They are fervent spiritually but they are slothful in their businesses.
4. Some people forego prime opportunities to earn wealth in order to serve the kingdom. In the book of Matthew 8:20, the Bible says,
"And Jesus said unto him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay His head"
This is the story of the poor human state of Jesus while on earth. He is very much concerned about His master's business and came in an humble nature. They decide to deny themselves of all the goodies this life to work in the Lord's vineyard. Though they are poor on earth, their reward is in heaven. A good example here might be a doctor who chooses to be a medical missionary.
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