Scenario 1 – Load up all of your home into a U-Haul. Place all of the neighborhoods in your community on a big roulette wheel. Spin the wheel to find out where your family will now be living.
Scenario 2 – You get paid once a month and it is the 23rd. You are out of money and the credit cards are maxed. You are cooking the last food in the house for dinner tonight. Tomorrow you will take the car title down to the loan place. Try to figure out how you’ll catch up next month.
In the first scenario, are there places where you really hope the spinner does not stop on? What makes you not want to live in certain areas of town? In the second scenario, have you ever had to put something essential on the line just to put food on the table? Ever had to choose between food for the kids and heat for the house or gas for the car? These are real choices real people have to make every day.
God pleads the case of the poor. In Proverbs we are earned not to exploit the poor. How broad should our definition of ‘exploit’ be? Should it include ‘ignore’? In many places in scripture we are instructed on how to care for those in need. It is our call to do all we can.
When we are able to donate a few cans of food at church, we must because if we don’t then someone will have less. When we are able to teach a class on budgeting and sound finances, we must because then someone will not have to go to the loan place. When we are able to advocate for better housing and safer streets, we must because then others start to have a chance.
Individually we cannot do it all. But we can all do something. Together we can do much. What will you do today to help another in need?
Scripture reference: Proverbs 22: 22-23