And Who Is My Neighbor?: Poverty, Privilege, and the Gospel by Gerald W. Schlabach, John M. Perkins

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As we work locally, and begin to network nationally and internationally, we will begin to see all of humanity as our neighbor. We will become lovers of peace and begin to learn how to effectively coexist without war. We must believe that people can change, that they can come to know Jesus Christ and thereby be more joyful with what they have. Most important, I believe we in the West, especially the United States, have to find ways we can live on less and enjoy it, then take what we save and use it in a way that people have defined for themselves.

Sitting in her mansion, as alone as any bag lady, Mrs. Rose portrays the breakdown of community. An overall trend toward the centralization of economic and political power in society has made it possible for her to amass her financial resources. And thanks to the tenets of individual- Page 42 ism, she honestly believes she is wealthy. Long ago this belief system convinced her that anyone with money and power would be able to secure a happy life regardless of what happens to others. These trends and this poverty are subtle.

Have you ever felt bitter at the whole world? Have you ever been so in debt that you could hardly imagine getting out, yet needed to go even farther into debt to try? Have you ever been evicted from your home or farm? Have you ever sought work for more than three months, while the bills piled up? Have you ever been uprooted from your home or family against your will? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you know what it means to be poor. You know the power of poverty to warp the shape and wound the texture of life itself.

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