Hard to define who the poor is

April 6, 2013 

Re April 1 letter by Joseph Wilson, “Being good steward good for the poor”

Being poor is as difficult to define as being wealthy. By addressing his concern mostly to the Christians, he is neglecting to take into account the many who are not Christian yet believe in being their brother’s keeper. And I do believe one is treading into dangerous waters when one starts quoting the Bible. There are many good people who do not believe in the Bible, yet are poor in spirit or reality.

If I drive a Ford or a Honda, am I considered poor by the folks who drive a Mercedes? I may have tons of money but choose to drive the lesser price auto in order to give more to the poor. Our future generations will prosper or not, just as we have done. We all make choices. And yes, there are many who did not choose to be on food stamps or welfare.

We are fortunate enough to have all our basic needs met, and there is nothing that we need that we are doing without. I find it almost embarrassing to say that because we are able to help others in a small way either financially or physically, that we have mattered in a small way to add to our communities’ welfare. To be able to live a long life and think that you mattered is one of the many blessings in life. Thanks to Mr. Wilson for his insightful note.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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