Poverty was not part of God’s design for creation. Old Testament laws actively worked against the emergence of class distinction and poverty. The New Testament Church shared all things in common as each had need. The new heavens and new earth described in Scripture does not include infant mortality, boys and girls driven by desperation into the sex industry or child labor, slum communities, or hunger.
Why, then, is poverty tolerated here and now?
Let’s talk about how to activate the economics of the Kingdom of God on earth, just as it is in heaven.
Scott Bessenecker is Associate Director for Missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is author of The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor . How to Inherit the Earth: Submitting Ourselves to a Servant Savior, and editor of Living Mission: The Vision and Voices of New Friars, and Quest for Hope in the Slum Community. Scott claims to possess the world's largest international cigarette collection owned by an Evangelical non-smoker. He and his wife, Janine, have three kids - Hannah, Philip and Laura, and live in Madison, WI with usually at least one other random housemate.