(Proverbs 19:7 KJV) All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
Usually the Bible takes up for the “poor” (7326). This verse seems to denigrate them. That means we need to look a little deeper. I submit that the quality being evaluated here and other places is not how much money they have but the kind of attitude they exhibit.
We have all know people who have little money but a healthy pride. They do not beg. They do not complain. They work hard and do the best they can. Again I submit the statement, “We aren’t poor, we just don’t have much money.”
Then you have the people who always have their hand out and a chip on their shoulder. They always blame others and play the victim. The sad part of our culture is that we seem to be training an entire generation of this type of people. This is the person who only shows up at church when they need some money or need a ride.
So? It is natural to flee such and I don’t sense a condemnation in this verse.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Yes. I've seen both kinds. There used to be more of the proud poor; now there's more with their hand out.
I think part of the problem is we like to feel superior by giving hand outs more than risking rejection by helping them grow up. It is one reason why the next generation is having so many problems as snowflakes.
Grace and peace
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