Yet, there are those who are truly in need. And God loves people who take care of those who can’t make it easily without help. “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14-17; cf. Exodus 23:3, 6, 11; Leviticus 23:22; Deuteronomy 24:14; 1 Samuel 2:7; Proverbs 19:17; Luke 7:22; Galatians 2:10).
But the reality is, people tend to feel uncomfortable around others who are not similar to them. This can include, but not limited to, the poor – even poor Christians. Part of the reason for this aversion to developing close relationships with the downtrodden is because people tend to forget what makes a person a focus of God. It’s not their intelligent quotient, good looks, finances, family relations, or education; rather, it is their soul that can be saved through the saving blood of Christ. Hmm? I wonder why Paul had to write, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Romans 12:16). Take a permanent stance to associate with all people – even the lowly. Do it for the sake of Christ.
John A. Reeves