“The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.”—Proverbs 29:7
I will wade into the political realm again. No socio-political theory, based in wisdom, is complete without considering the poor. If we take this verse to heart, then any socio-political theory that ignores the poor or is harsh toward the poor is wicked at best! The favorite phrase of many is “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” But what about the people that have no boots!
The bootstraps theory ignores a fundamental truth. The people that hold to this theory assume that they and their family will never end up poor. But life isn’t fair! Unexpected events happen to us all. We’ve all heard stories of people who lost their job then subsequently lost everything they owned. These bootstraps folks found themselves before a social worker, getting assistance. What if they had been successful at destroying the so-called social safety net? They would’ve been worse off than ever.
Being a champion for the less fortunate is about love. It’s easy to tell people to help themselves. But everyone doesn’t have the tools. People face adversities that some can’t even imagine. Don’t you want us to symphatise when you’re hurting? Then you have to symphatise with us when we’re hurting. Love your neighbor as yourself.