Today is the 2nd annual Blog Action Day, a day for bloggers to take (coordinated) action on a social justice issue. This year’s focus is poverty.
There’s a lot of things that I could say, both positive and negative, about doing a day like this. I’m not going to bother.
What I will say is simply this: poverty exists, and it’s our fault. You can’t simply point a finger at someone else, or mutter something about “survival of the fittest.” The mere existence of poverty means that we live in a system where some people are better than others. The persistence of poverty means that we believe “it’s not my problem” or we might pronounce “they should get a job” while living and thriving off of a system designed to privilege a few off the backs of the many. I am guilty and implicated in all of this and, if you’re reading this, in all likelihood so are you.
The ways to deal with guilt are three: denial, self-justification and repentence. Most of what we hear about when it comes to poverty revolves around the first two strategies. Today, let us see repentence. Today, let us see action.
Today, let us see the image of God in the faces of poor people.