The Right Of The Poor

“To turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey” Isaiah 10:2.

Can you believe it, “Banks are starting to charge for the use of debit cards.”  CNN.COM reports, “Bank Of America will begin charging five dollars each month to its customers for the use of a debit card.” Certainly it does not seem that the economic crisis in the world is getting any better.  A recent survey suggests that 90% of all Americans are frustrated with the economy.

The nation of Israel was headed down a path that would lead them to the same feeling of frustration as they would face such economic hardship that would leave their land destitute of anything of value.  Here in Isaiah 10 we discover one of the many reasons why God was sending judgment on his people.  The nation of Israel was taking advantage of the poor in their midst.

But this is not only the sin of Israel, it has been the sin of every people in every generation.  Jesus said, “The poor you will have with you always,” Matthew 26:11. The fact is, one of our nation’s biggest failures has been in our care for the poor around us.  Yes, this nation above all others has given to those in need around the world.  But in proportion to all we have been blessed with, we have given very little.

Where have we failed?  Certainly some would look to Washington and point a finger in her direction.  However, the failure is much closer to home.  I believe the failure is in the hearts of the very people who have been called to minister to the poor (James 1:27).  When you look at the church you often discover a people who are caring for their own wants and forgetting the needs of the poor around them.

Consider the five dollar fee that will be accessed to your debit card each month. Do you realize that for this amount of money we could be helping a starving family to have food for one month.  David Platt writes in the book Radical: “I wonder if followers of Christ 150 years from now will look back at Christians in America today and ask, ‘How could they live in such big houses?  How could they drive such nice cars and wear such nice clothes?  How could they live in such affluence while thousands of children were dying because they did not have food and water?  How could they go on with their lives as though the billions of poor didn’t even exist,” cited on Pg. 111, “Radical.”

Brothers and sisters we must resist the sin of looking to our own desires.  We must surrender ourselves to the Christ life which includes the right of the poor in our midst.  We must follow the example of our Lord.  In Isaiah 11 the prophet of God describes the coming ministry of Christ, “But with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth,” 11:4.  Our Savior was and is balanced and fair.

This day I am both convicted and challenged to care for the poor in my midst.  Both those who are spiritually and physically poor.  This day I pray that each of you who read this bog will commit to the right of the poor for the Glory Of The Lord!!!

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