Let me begin by saying that the phenomenon of poverty is man-made. It is the direct result of excessive greed and primitive accumulation callously promoted by an unjust human economic system. It is instructive to assert, that God did not create a world of poverty. God created a world of abundance: where nature is capable of providing for all our needs, by ensuring that we all live happily with nobody living in lack. The mechanism of providence also guarantees that each of God’s creation willingly gives back to life. This process assures the equitable distribution of natural provision to meet the needs of all. Mahatma Ghandi was right when he posited that, “The world has enough to meet our needs, but not enough to meet our greed”. Please note that poverty is not about scarcity, but about the equitable distribution of resources.
The root cause of poverty is the human-invented economic capitalist system that promotes individual ownership and accumulation of wealth. The basic tenet of capitalism that ascribes ownership of wealth to mere mortals is antithetical to God’s economic principles. The indisputable sole owner of everything on earth is God. Nobody owns anything in life! Because capitalism promotes the misconception of individual ownership of wealth, people therefore accumulate unnecessarily, thinking that they truly own what they have. Whatever you have today, is only given to you in trust by God. The purpose of whatever you have is to use it to bless others. Did I hear somebody say “but I work hard to make my money, to acquire all the things that I have” Yes! You did. But let me also ask you, “are you the owner of your life? Is it not logical that the one who owns your life automatically owns whatever you have? Okay, when you drop dead today, will you be conscious of those things you think you had worked hard to acquire? Beloved, please don’t deceive yourself. Worldly ownership of material wealth is merely an illusion!
Capitalism also endorses unwarranted individual acquisition by creating the economic concept of the ‘rich’ and the ‘poor’. Those that amass so much wealth are branded ‘rich’ and celebrated by society, while those that live in deprivation are derogatorily labeled ‘poor’, and even reproached by the same society. The rich gets all the recognition by the global media. Forbes magazine even enlists them as the richest and the most powerful people in the world. They are inundated with plethora of awards and titles by society. They control the economy and the governments of the world. The fallout of this unjust capitalist system is the prevalence of extreme poverty in the world.
Extreme accumulation of wealth by an infinitesimal ratio of the global population has resulted into a monstrous pauperization of the majority. The global statistic on the incidence of poverty is appalling: Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in abject poverty. It is true that the leaders of the world at different fora , have made concerted efforts to eradicate poverty, but these have remained largely unsuccessful owing to the wrong approach they have deployed to combat the social malaise. The use of social security schemes by developed countries or giving of aids to poor nations would not solve the problem of global poverty. The World Bank, the United Nations and many other global economic bodies have also developed fantastic initiatives and programs aimed at waging war against poverty. But their modest efforts have not yielded much success, because the root cause of poverty has not been addressed. Not until the stranglehold of the capitalist system is dismantled, the cancer of poverty will continue to fester. This is my humble submission! To solve the problem of global poverty: let the rich give their excess possessions to the poor. This gesture will create an egalitarian society which will significantly bridge the disparity between the rich and the poor
God’s economic solution to global poverty was enunciated by Jesus Christ when He encountered the ‘Rich Young Ruler’, Mark 10;17-23
“As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.”21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words [a]he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.
And Jesus, looking around, *said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”
Every one of us, by act of omission or commission contribute to the predominance of global poverty .whenever you accumulate in excess of what you and your family actually need, your act of sheer greed deprives others of provision for survival. Do you really need those fleets of cars in your garage? Why do you build 50-room mansion, only to sleep in one room, while many people are homeless sleeping under the bridge? You are busy saving money in the bank for your future and the future of your children. Do you have control over your future? That huge amount of money you have in the bank can change the lives of many people. When you invest to improve the well being of others, you make a deposit into the ‘bank’ of eternity. The good you do for others is an investment that has a guarantee for eternal reward; your good deeds cannot be obliterated by mortality. If you drop dead today, your savings may be trapped in the bank or there is every probability that your next of kin and family members may not judiciously use the inheritance you would leave behind ( If you think I am lying, look at the life of the family of most dead rich people: their family members either fight over their inheritance or out rightly misuse them)
Finally beloved, you can resolve today, to contribute your little quota to eradicating global poverty, by first conquering personal greed and self-centredness. Your usefulness to life is your contribution, not your accumulation. This is the path of true life. A popular maxim says, “ you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give”. PLEASE BE WISE!
Together, we can create a world where no child lives in lack!
Azemobor Gregory is a Messenger of divine Truth, an apostle of love for humanity.
He is the Chief Servant of Voice of Divine Truth International Outreach,
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