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He gave them the scriptures in the Old Testament on how to treat and help the poor and downtrodden. Why after centuries of practicing the Law of Moses, many Jews still remained poor? First and foremost, helping the poor has been institutionalized in the economic master plan for the State of Israel. Every Jew is a freehold land owner. Even when a Jew falls into hardship and loses his land, it is only temporal. He could return to his own land in the Jubilee. Leviticus Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.

Leviticus And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. Leviticus In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.

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Leviticus In the year of the jubile the field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land did belong. So no Jews would continue to remain poor forever and the rich become richer and richer. Leviticus And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. Leviticus And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.

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Deuteronomy When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands. We see such charity in practice when Ruth received handfuls on purpose for her sustenance during the harvest. Ruth And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.

Such institutionalized measures to help the poor are not strictly enforced but rather operate on a spirit of free will. After all, how much harvest is to be left behind for the poor is determined by the owners according to the good nature of their heart and conscience. Even when the State of Israel has laws to protect the poor, poverty will not be eradicated. Deuteronomy For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

This is the sad state of living in the sin cursed fallen world. Poverty is a present reality. Had they known the scriptures, these disciples would realise helping the poor is not an end in itself. With the Lord before them awaiting for the impending betrayal and crucifixion, it is really sad the disciples failed to give the Lord honour and glory like what this woman did. Matthew Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,.

Matthew And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. So in general politicians being politicians, helping the poor is just a convenient means to an end.


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They can sell out anyone anytime for personal gain. They can easily be exposed to be thieves just like Judas Iscariot who went beyond indignation for wasting precious ointment on the Lord Jesus Christ. In his estimation, the Lord was nothing but a means for him to associate with for position and power in the coming kingdom.

John There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. John Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. John Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? John This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

What is more dangerous is when politicians use religions to propel them forward and upward to the corridors of power. Not only Judas Iscariot was indignant, even other disciples were found wanting failing to appreciate what this woman Mary did for the Lord. It is shameful they could even feel upset when they failed to acknowledge their lack of devotion and love for the Lord. Christians could likewise fall into the same blindside thinking helping the poor is equivalent to serving the Lord and honouring Him.

This does not however, in any way exempt Christians from helping the poor and needy in their midst. They have to beware of those who use good work of helping the poor for their own agenda when often those involved help themselves first with the donations and whatever little is left might trickle down to those really in need.

The New Testament does exhort Christians to be charitable. The best way is to help the poor without getting noticed by the world. The Prophets of Justice 3. The City and the Church 4. The Torchbearer Part II. The Campaign 5. The Pauper 6.

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Books Digital Products Journals. Disciplines History United States History. About the Book "An elegant and timely history of how black intellectuals have long made a case for the intersections between class and race. From Our Blog. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.

It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible.

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It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

In a real sense nonviolence seeks to redeem the spiritual and moral lag that I spoke of earlier as the chief dilemma of modern man. It seeks to secure moral ends through moral means. Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. I believe in this method because I think it is the only way to reestablish a broken community. It is the method which seeks to implement the just law by appealing to the conscience of the great decent majority who through blindness, fear, pride, and irrationality have allowed their consciences to sleep.

The nonviolent resisters can summarize their message in the following simple terms: we will take direct action against injustice despite the failure of governmental and other official agencies to act first.

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We will not obey unjust laws or submit to unjust practices. We will do this peacefully, openly, cheerfully because our aim is to persuade. We adopt the means of nonviolence because our end is a community at peace with itself. We will try to persuade with our words, but if our words fail, we will try to persuade with our acts. We will always be willing to talk and seek fair compromise, but we are ready to suffer when necessary and even risk our lives to become witnesses to truth as we see it.

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