Opress the Poor = Insult the Maker

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Proverbs 13:41

I don’t know a single person who thinks that he/she oppresses a poor person. All three of my children have worked in minimum wage jobs while going to college, paying for shelter and food, and bracing themselves for student loans.  We help them along, and they are not in the streets dying, but they have worked with people who were very near that.

When we write our names on that meal receipt and fill in the tip, how generous is it? When the discussion of raising minimum wage comes up, is our first reflex to worry about how much that is going to cost us, the consumer? How about laws that make it easier for convicted felons who have served their time to get jobs?  Do we bank with corporations who practice redlining?  We are privileged if we don’t know what redlining is.  Check it out, here.  Do we belong to any organization that keeps people of color, women, or members of the LGBTQ community out because of who they are?

Whoever oppresses the poor insults his Maker.

Bob Patrick


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