Wednesday, May 14, 2008

power in poverty

I've been writing an article on the harmful effects of wealth... stay tuned for details.
But in the meantime consider these words from Jason Upton:

There's a power in poverty that breaks principalities
And brings the authority's down to their knees
There's a brewing frustration and ageless temptation
To fight for control by some manipulation

But the God of the kingdoms and the God of the Nations
The God of creation sends his revelation
Thru the homeless and penniless Jesus the son
The poor will inherit the Kingdom to come

Where will we turn when our world falls apart
And all of the treasures we've stored in our barns
Can't buy the Kingdom of God?

Who will we praise when we've praised all our lives
Men who build Kingdoms and men who build fame
But heaven does not know their name?

What will we fear when all that remains
Is God on His throne, with a child in his arms,
And love in his eyes
And the sound of his heart cries


Rochelle said...

Look forward to your thoughts. "There's a power in poverty that breaks principalities
And brings the authority's down to their knees." I don't know - it's not my experience.... I see the authorities and principalities continually beating people further and further into poverty...

Anonymous said...

I sometimes wonder if the power of poverty comes from the choice of poverty, or when those who are poor band together and come to the conclusion that there is nothing left to lose. There is nothing romantic about poverty or oppression in and of itself. But there are moments in history - notable in a way as exceptions - when poverty has brought power to its knees. I do think simplicity and solidarity with the poor and oppressed is the way of Jesus, but I don't think we take it out of any promise of efficacy - we have to take it out of humble obedience regardless of whether it's going to "work" or not.