“Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the Lord shall greatly bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it: Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day…” (Deut. 15:4, 5).
In a God-based country and government, provision is made for everyone who is a member of its community. According to today’s Scriptural text, living in obedience to God’s commands should result in there being no lack among any of the people. Many people profess that America is a Christian nation that was built on Christian principles. If this is the case, then why are there so many poor among us? Do not Christians subscribe to the teachings of the Word of God which explicitly states that obedience to God’s Word will lead to the Lord greatly blessing the people in the land?
This causes us to take a step back and rethink some things. Why is there a 1 per cent and so many falling in the lower portion of the 99 per cent? Obviously some are taking heed to the commands of God, and others are not, right? What about those within the 1 per cent who do not believe in God nor subscribe to obeying His Word? What about those within the 99 per cent who do adhere to God’s Word?
The problem lies in the fact that we have gotten away from community living that the Scriptural text addresses. This passage of Scripture was written to the entire community of Israel. It was meant to be a collective standard of living. Only when such was the case, would there be the great blessing of which God had spoken.
When we look at America, we thrive when we all pull together and pool our resources to accomplish something. However, we have the propensity to revert to our own selfish ways once that feat has been accomplished and the cycle continues…the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. If everyone were to subscribe to Godly principles for community living, then we would see a remarkable turnaround in the socioeconomic areas of life. Many of the problems would eventually be resolved because we ascribed great emphasis on adhering to the Kingdom principles.
This is the way God intended for us to live. As long as we continue to rebel against God’s plan for humanity, we will continue to “…have the poor with us always…” (Mk. 14:7).