Ending Poverty, Not Just Addressing it
It is imperative to stop shrinking our ideas around the agenda to end poverty. Martin Luther King, Jr. did not advocate the elimination of some portion of racism. He asked the nation to eliminate all racism. Gandhi did not want to reduce the British control of India. He wanted India to be completely free. The United States and its allies did not want some of Nazi Germany to go away. We wanted to dismantle the Third Reich all together. Shouldn’t we view the problem of poverty in the same way? It is time for us Americans to put our full talents and resources to bear on the specific goal of eradicating poverty. With widespread commitment to this large and long-term vision, new, innovative strategies will emerge that address the question of why poverty exists and what must be done if this great country is to one day end it.
We, as a nation, can end it. It will not be easy but we can do it. There is one ministry out there that I think has the right approach. I need to be more adamant about partnering with them and bringing povery to an end in our town.