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Is poverty caused by lack of effort or by circumstances outside one’s control?

The answer, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, depends on whether one is Christian or not. Christians, especially white evangelicals, are far more likely than atheists and agnostics to say poverty is self-inflicted.

Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, sums up this perspective when he says “There’s a strong Christian impulse to understand poverty as deeply rooted in morality — often, as the Bible makes clear, in unwillingness to work, in bad financial decisions or in broken family structures.”

Here’s My Take:  Such judgments quickly translate into a belief that the poor are of lesser value in God’s sight than the wealthy.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says “But when you host a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled … and the blind, and you will be blessed. Since they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous …”

Atheists and agnostics, with their non-condemning attitudes, turn out to be more Christian than Christians.

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