Here is a bonus thought regarding the poor from Proverbs 29:14.
Proverbs 29:14 – “The king that faithfully [rightly; truthfully] judgeth [avenge; defend; deliver; govern] the poor, his throne shall be established [set up; prosperous; fixed; firmly established] for ever [perpetual].”
God is so jealous for the poor and defenseless that He promises–treat them judiciously, showing kindness and grace, and I will bless and prosper you. What does that mean?
Politicians have skewed the concept of justice and, often to promote their own political interests, condemn the rich and successful while appearing to prefer the poor [at least that is what they would have us to believe]. Compounding the gravity of social injustices has been the bent of activists who stir up the masses demanding “equality”.
What would God have us think in the midst of a convoluted crusade of “political correctness” and the incredulous demand for a $15.00/hour minimum wage? God’s answer to that question is found in Leviticus 19:15.
Leviticus 19:15 – “Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.”
Treat the poor charitably; however, neither the poor or the rich and mighty are above the law in judicial matters.
Whether poor or rich—God demands justice.
Copyright 2014 – Travis D. Smith