Many view poverty only through economic lenses and presume money is the answer. What did Jesus propose? The answer is probably not what you think!
Here is how Jesus responded when asked for proof that He was the Christ:
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.Matthew 11:5
Notice how the blind received sight. That is what one would expect our Lord to do: heal the specific defect.
So, a lame person is healed to walk and a leprous person is cleansed. The specific deficiency is rectified.
A deaf person can hear and those dead rise to life again. The results are what one would expect from an all-powerful, ever-loving Saviour.
How then does Jesus Christ rectify poverty? The answer is startling.
One would expect the answer to be more money. The answer, however, is:
How does that match up with the so-called Social Gospel? Christ’s answer does not teach that a righteous and just society redistributes wealth from the rich to the poor.
He teaches they should hear the gospel.
In the next post we’ll uncover Christ’s attitude about money in relation to the poor.