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Stefanie Nicholas ☩ @StefMNicholas
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I ponder Matthew 26:11: “For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.”

Even if we were to cure temporal poverty, our spiritual poverty would remain. Corporal works of mercy profit us nothing if they don’t lead to spiritual good.

Choose meaning.
While it is true we live in a world of extreme wealth and extreme poverty, where people like you and I live as kings compared to the truly destitute, I don’t believe this will ever be fixed as long as our culture rejects the spiritual life.
It is vital to help the poor. James 2:15 tells us “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”
However. Christians as a whole have turned to helping the poor at the expense of spiritual works of mercy, and this is a grave problem.

Man does not live by bread alone.
We see in the richest among us - people who lack for nothing materially - such a total poverty of soul and spirit and joy. It is tragic.

Seeing people like Demi Lovato struggle with severe mental health and drug abuse problems should be telling.
These cases are a microcosm of the cultural wasteland we live in. We have to choose differently. What other way is there?
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