The Poor Shall Always Be With You

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steve...@aol.com

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Sep 5, 2008, 7:54:37 PM9/5/08
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“ It was clearly recognized in the Old Testament that poverty does not
normally just happen. Although sometimes it was due to personal sin
or national disobedience, and to God’s judgment on them, it was
usually due to the sin of others, that is, to a situation of social
injustice, which easily deteriorated because the poor were not in a
position to change it.”
-John Stott, Decisive Issues Facing Christians Today, 1984

When Jesus quoted "The poor shall always be with you" it was from
Deuteronomy 15, which says that the poor will be with us BECAUSE we
choose to reject God's economic plan in which the poor will be
provided for without judgment.
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