Material poverty is a complicated reality, with many causes and perhaps just as many proposed solutions. With this in mind, understanding poverty isn’t always easy and requires a comprehensive approach.
According to the World Bank, 574 million people—nearly seven percent of the world’s population—will still be living on less than $2.15 a day in 2030.
What the Bible says about poverty
Men and women living in material poverty face many challenges: lack of basic resources like food, shelter, and money; corrupt social systems; poor education; and limited access to health care.
But those who haven’t experienced poverty often overlook one of its most profound impacts: hopelessness and shame. Material poverty can compound the brokenness that exists in our relationships with each other, with God, with ourselves, and with the rest of creation. Material poverty says to those in its grasp: You are not worthy. Continue Reading…