An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Poor Excuses

(Proverbs 28:3 KJV)  A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

What is worse than oppression by the rich and powerful?  Oppression by the “poor” (7236) and those even lower on the pecking order.  Why is it worse?  Partly is the brainwashing we have received about greedy rich people.  Greed and oppression are actions that come out of the heart, not the bank balance.  What do you call it when a bunch of young men with their pants hanging low use community tragedy as an excuse to break into the businesses of their equally poor neighbors and steal them blind?  Is it oppression by the rich?  Open your eyes.

So?  We should be spending time examining our own actions, motives and heart condition rather than condemning others.  Remember the observation of the man Jesus saw in the temple being grateful he was not as other men.  Jesus was not pleased. 

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