“Poor Treatment” Exposed

Readings Proverbs 17

 arial map

How do we view our “neighbors”?

 Dear neighbor,

 President Obama spoke at Notre Dame’s Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, and his statements on abortion have stirred the pot of sentiments again.  I have been reading some of the reaction on a particular blog, and you can feel the emotion.  How we stand on abortion, is not the main focus of what we are going to talk about today, yet it is something to prayerfully consider.  I brought it up possibly to stir your thinking up some about it, but also again pointing out the effect that our tongue has on those around us.  What we say has great impact, and can be an affront to not only the person, but to God. 

 Proverbs 17 has so much in it to take in, yet one verse stuck out to me more than others.  I live in an area where there has been this undercurrent of a particular attitude for at least 25 years.  I have heard people say that one particular town has an attitude of superiority over another.  Though questioning it at first, I have heard and seen enough sentiment that there are those that hold these views of superiority and even animosity.  As soon as I read Proverbs 17:5, I thought of this attitude.

 

 Proverbs 17:5 (NASB95)
5 He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 17:5 (NLT)
5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.

Proverbs 17:5 (KJV)
5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 17:5 (BBE)
5 Whoever makes sport of the poor puts shame on his Maker; and he who is glad because of trouble will not go free from punishment.

Proverbs 17:5 (MSG)
5 Whoever mocks poor people, insults their Creator; gloating over misfortune is a punishable crime.

It seems that no matter what translation or paraphrase you use, you can not get away from what it says!

Spend some time considering your view towards others.  More importantly, spend some time considering God’s view towards others.  Your view towards others reveals your view towards God.

Even those who oppose your views on abortion, are they not made in the image of God?  Is not our mission the same as that of Christ, who came not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.  Are we superior to anyone else?  No!

But Jesus is and look at how He dealt with people.

It’s called being a SERVANT!  

He demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)

How do you view those around you today?  Whether rich or poor, or with you or against you on your beliefs, how will you treat them?

 

In Christ,

Steve

 

 (I am not saying we do not speak our convictions, for standing up for those that can not speak, for those that are put down, those that are despised, is to embody what is said in Micah 6:8 (NASB95)
8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? )

For any comments please click on the word comment/s either above or below the posting and follow the directions.  Get in touch with your feelings today, expose them to the Living Word of God.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on ““Poor Treatment” Exposed

  1. Good morning, Steve. Your comments are so on target. As one of eighteen children (the eleventh) we grew up quite poor. As adults we have often remarked that people treated us like a disease. Children used to spit on us and run around us and ask one another for “shots for Tobeck (maiden name) germs”. By the grace of God, even as a child I knew how errant they were. But it didn’t stop their actions from being painful.

    I wondered where the discipline of parents was? Even though we were the victims of cruel treatment, when we told Mother she would remark, “Those children are no better than you are. They just haven’t been taught how to behave. But remember, you are also no better than they are. God makes us all equal.” The thing is, Steve, their parents were also unkind to us. Bottom line – what is the role of a parent in raising children up “in the way they should go”?

    As I’ve aged I see two terrble sins that plague us: fear and greed. We are afraid of what we don’t understand (poverty and the plight of the poor) and, if we have been blessed with more than our neighbors, rather than share and open our hearts to them, we covet and behave in a superior manner lest we lose our edge. (I also believe greed is fear-based.)

    The roots we nurture in our children grow deep. We must be cautious when watering what we plant. It seems to me the seeds of superiority are so much easier to sow. But the seeds of hope, joy, kindness, love, compassion, and oneness with God, while taking more time to nurture, provide a profoundly more solid root system.

  2. Thanks Kim for your reflections. I pray that the fruit of the Spirit is what is evident to those around us, whether rich or poor. It is Christ within me that helps me love as I was created to love.

    Praying that some of your thoughts “take root”!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s