Ten Things Jesus Never Said About the Poor

Out of the Boat

  • “They’re just looking for handouts.”

  • “They need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”

  • “God helps those who help themselves.”

  • “They won’t appreciate it if they don’t earn it themselves.”

  • “They’re just too lazy to work.”

  • “They just don’t want to work.”

  • “They should go back to where they came from.”

  • “They shouldn’t have kids they can’t afford.”

  • “They’re too stupid to know how to take care of themselves.”

  • “They waste taxpayer money on beer and drugs (or cigarettes and bingo).”

A few things Jesus did say:

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, “Let me wash your face for you,” when your own face is distorted…

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