By Victor Ochieng
Jesus Christ must really be ashamed of many who call themselves Christians today. Why? Because they’re ashamed of the poor in our society. Even worse is their belief about poor people.
Close to half of all White Christians believe that the poor are lazy. This is quite different from what Jesus preached. In as much as the Bible is against lazy people, it doesn’t state that poor people are necessarily lazy. Moreover, white Christians also look down upon the minorities and the poor.
That doesn’t check with the gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Jesus said we should mind the poor in our midst. Jesus himself, a son of a carpenter, may have lived as a poor person and he was very mindful of the poor. When one woman gave the least amount in an offering, Jesus knew she’d given her all, and that was greater than those who gave more money. If the woman was poor because she was lazy, it’s highly unlikely Jesus could’ve appreciated what she gave out.
A poll released on Thursday, conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Foundation, indicate that white evangelicals were more likely than non-Christians to link poverty to being lazy. The poll, which was conducted between April 13 and May 1, with a 4 percentage point margin of error, indicate that 46% of Christians believe poor people are lazy and don’t put in any personal effort, compared to 29% of non-Christians.
Even though many don’t agree that people are poor because they’re lazy, they admit that indeed there are some who’re poor because they’re not making any efforts to improve their lives.
“Yes you should help the poor but the poor also have to want better for themselves and help themselves,” said one user on The Old Black Church Blog.
And another said, “I don’t see how anyone can deny that some people are poor because of laziness,” adding, “If you want to get out of poverty it takes work. I have seen this is my own family. My father’s family didn’t want better for themselves and they were satisfied living in poverty. My father wanted better for himself because he didn’t want to raise his family in the projects and he worked hard and I was raised in a middle-class neighborhood because of this my father family became jealous and accused him of thinking he was better than them.”