The family living three houses down can’t keep the power on. Their kids go to school in the same dirty clothes all week. Mom makes the rounds to all of the churches every other week looking for a handout. Dad doesn’t have a job and isn’t looking.
The sad part is that this isn’t the only family on the block in this situation.
What are those of us who do work hard, pay taxes, tithe to our churches, and give of our time again and again to do?
How do we get our communities and our nation out of this entitlement mentality and back to work? How do we restore the work ethic in generations to come?
This is the problem facing many communities in the United States of America today. Many agree that poverty is a problem and the entitlement mentality is a problem, but few have stepped forward with anything more than just capriciously saying, “They need to pick themselves up by the bootstraps.”
Those words and many like them are how we as Americans distance ourselves from the problem so as to avoid solving it altogether.
But what if there was a way to tackle poverty in this post modern world head on. What if this approach also provided the means to starve the mindset that somebody owes me something?
What if those answers came from a salty old Marine who now served God and country as an ordained minister knee deep in leading and mentoring those in poverty and enslaved by this mindset of entitlement.
Would you want to know more?
That is the very timely topic of PoMo Poverty: Finding Abundance in the 21st Century, the latest book by Tom Spence.
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