Week 9, Response to Monday’s Class

November 26, 2007

The comment regarding Spencer Burke’s thoughts on the relationship between the poor and the non-poor were interesting. Ryan mentioned that he realized that “they [the non-poor] realized that they needed relationships with the poor to become whole.” I grew up in a church tradition that placed a pretty solid emphasis on social justice and my family intentionally lived in a lower-income section of town to be involved with the community and church we attended there. I still find myself asking the question of what it really means for the poor and the non-poor to be in relationships with one another, to what extent? How does this look, especially in regards to the poor in underdeveloped countries 1000s of miles away? How do these relationships become significant and mutually impacting? If this is true, that the non-poor need to be engaged with the poor it seems that there are plenty of Christians who are missing out on the fullness of life in Christ. I know I could be more connected than I am currently.

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