What The Church Can Learn From Romney’s “Not Concerned About The Very Poor” Goof

Is there a lesson that the church can learn from Mitt Romney’s statement:  “I’m not concerned about the very poor,”?  Perhaps.

*  The outrage that has been demonstrated by Romney’s words shows that there is a belief that the living God, the Creator of all that exists in the Universe, has put in human hearts, that it is wrong not to be concerned about the very poor.  Most people will at least say that they believe that people have a responsibility to help other people in poverty.

* Words often don’t mean much.  While many people voice concern for the very poor, often they actually do very little to help poor people.    Our words say that we are concerned, but our actions may say that we aren’t.

* Poor people need more than words (and more than a hand-out).  They need equal, personal relationships with people who are better off than they are.  (It is very difficult to improve your life if all the people you know are in the same boat you are in.)  In America, most people who the government considers to be in poverty, live in neighborhoods segregated from the middle class and from the rich.

Perhaps the best thing the church can do for the poor is to go beyond words and to economically desegregate their congregations — to bring people of all economic levels together in close Christian community within individual churches.  Perhaps the church should build close, mutual friendships that cross the gaps between those who aren’t poor and those who are poor.  When people who are considered to be poor have caring personal friends who are better off financially, amazing changes begin to happen.

If you would like to see this in action, a church in an East Nashville urban neighborhood (considered by many to be poor) has crossed economic boundaries and is building caring Christian community that bridges financial gaps.  Come and see for yourself what God is doing:  The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207, Sundays @ 10:45 am. & Thursdays @ 6:30 pm.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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6 Responses to What The Church Can Learn From Romney’s “Not Concerned About The Very Poor” Goof

  1. Lee says:

    What Romney said:
    “I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor — we have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich — they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 to 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”
    Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth. J. Goebbels’ Blog

  2. Steve Simms says:

    “The poor are always prophetic. As true prophets always point out, they reveal God’s design. That is why we should take time to listen to them. And that means staying near them, because they speak quietly and infrequently; they are afraid to speak out, they lack confidence in themselves because they have been broken and oppressed. But if we listen to them, they will bring us back to the essential.”
    ― Jean Vanier

  3. David says:

    Great word Steve! totally agree man

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