Helping the Poor

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on September 24th, 2007


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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a poem about being poor, it's a bit long but it's worth thinking about.

    Being Poor
    Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
    Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.
    Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they're what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there's not an $800 car in America that's worth a darn.
    Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.
    Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends' houses but never has friends over to yours.
    Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won't hear you say “I get free lunch” when you get to the cashier.
    Being poor is living next to the freeway.
    Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back seat, clutching that box of Raisin Bran you just bought and trying to think of a way to make the kids understand that the box has to last.
    Being poor is wondering if your well-off sibling is lying when he says he doesn't mind when you ask for help.
    Being poor is off-brand toys.
    Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.
    Being poor is knowing you can't leave $5 on the coffee table when your friends are around.
    Being poor is hoping your kids don't have a growth spurt.
    Being poor is stealing meat from the store, frying it up before your mom gets home and then telling her she doesn't have make dinner tonight because you're not hungry anyway.
    Being poor is Goodwill underwear.
    Being poor is not enough space for everyone who lives with you.
    Being poor is feeling the glued soles tear off your supermarket shoes when you run around the playground.
    Being poor is your kid's school being the one with the 15-year-old textbooks and no air conditioning.
    Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.
    Being poor is relying on people who don't give a damn about you.
    Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.
    Being poor is finding the letter your mom wrote to your dad, begging him for the child support.
    Being poor is a bathtub you have to empty into the toilet.
    Being poor is stopping the car to take a lamp from a stranger's trash.
    Being poor is making lunch for your kid when a cockroach skitters over the bread, and you looking over to see if your kid saw.
    Being poor is believing a GED actually makes a goddamned difference.
    Being poor is people angry at you just for walking around in the mall.
    Being poor is not taking the job because you can't find someone you trust to watch your kids.
    Being poor is the police busting into the apartment right next to yours.
    Being poor is not talking to that girl because she'll probably just laugh at your clothes.
    Being poor is hoping you'll be invited for dinner.
    Being poor is a sidewalk with lots of brown glass on it.
    Being poor is people thinking they know something about you by the way you talk.
    Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise.
    Being poor is your kid's teacher assuming you don't have any books in your home.
    Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap.
    Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.
    Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.
    Being poor is people surprised to discover you're not actually stupid.
    Being poor is people surprised to discover you're not actually lazy.
    Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.
    Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasn't bought first.
    Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because that's two extra packages for every dollar.
    Being poor is having to live with choices you didn't know you made when you were 14 years old.
    Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.
    Being poor is knowing you're being judged.
    Being poor is a box of crayons and a $1 coloring book from a community center Santa.
    Being poor is checking the coin return slot of every soda machine you go by.
    Being poor is deciding that it's all right to base a relationship on shelter.
    Being poor is knowing you really shouldn't spend that buck on a Lotto ticket.
    Being poor is hoping the register lady will spot you the dime.
    Being poor is feeling helpless when your child makes the same mistakes you did, and won't listen to you beg them against doing so.
    Being poor is a cough that doesn't go away.
    Being poor is making sure you don't spill on the couch, just in case you have to give it back before the lease is up.
    Being poor is a $200 paycheck advance from a company that takes $250 when the paycheck comes in.
    Being poor is four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree.
    Being poor is a lumpy futon bed.
    Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.
    Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.
    Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.
    Being poor is seeing how few options you have.
    Being poor is running in place.
    Being poor is people wondering why you didn't leave.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just wanted you to know that the impression of people in other countries to a video that talks mainly about the poor in America will be perceived by some as lacking at best and tragic at worst…
    I agree we need to stop, somehow, allowing the rich to prosper off the backs of the poor…
    Some answers that are plausible are through switching to economies based on natural resources that are more evenly distributed…(getting off of oil based economies)…and a more distributive justice system that accounts all people as valued rather than merely the rich or popular…
    Keep up the fight good sir

  3. Anonymous says:

    <<< A TROPIC IT wrote: After watching that video all I could think of was WOW! I would just like to know how there can be rich preachermen like Pat Robertson? Doesn't the Bible tell them to give all of their money to the poor?

  4. Anonymous says:

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  5. Anonymous says:

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  6. Anonymous says:

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  7. Anonymous says:

       Thank you for reminding us of this video, I have updated it and hope improved it.

  8. Anonymous says:

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  9. Anonymous says:

    You're welcome, I just get six of people spamming the blog.  What he posted had nothing to do with helping the poor and the guy refuse to answer my question.
    P.S. I read the new thing for free advertising.  I sounded fair and really generous.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for that poem, it and Marty's video says a lot. I don't see how anyone can preach or believe in the prosperity gospel.

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