Psalm 37:27-29 (NLT)
27 Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.
29 The godly will possess the land and will live there forever.
Matthew 18:5-6 (NLT)
5 “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. 6 But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
There are some bad seeds out there – purely evil people. You might think I’m talking about violent offenders, and yes, they are included, but not the focus. The focus is really on those in power who use poverty and powerlessness as a foundation stone of their power.
The poor have always been with us and always will. History tells us that, the bible tells us that too. It’s not God’s plan though to have the poor and or weak as the footstool for the powerful. God’s plan is for us to take care of each other.
We fail. We fail so bad we have to have the government do it for us because we won’t do it ourselves. The powerful in the government (shouldn’t that really be an oxymoron?) use the poor and weak as pawns as they play for more power. Sickening really, and the root cause lays at our feet.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
We need more of this – the universal basic income of love in action, of love moving mountains, of love usurping the power.
Matthew 25:34-40 N(NLT)
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”
We need more of this. We need this to drive the power hungry back to the dark places they came from with love that makes them superfluous. We need this paradigm to become the powerful.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (NLT)
27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world (or God chose those who are low born), things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
Luke 14:21 (NLT)
21 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’
Romans 12:12 (NLT)
12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.