You might have noticed that today’s “poor” aren’t exactly the humble, wholesome, good-hearted types Charles Dickens championed, either.
(Back when “living” conditions in Victorian London were unspeakably appalling, Jack the Ripper was practically doing those women a favor…)
Instead, today’s poor are often petulant, entitled, irresponsible, and ungrateful, caught up in a culture of crime and cheap thrills.
Jesus ordered us to love the poor because He understood how hard it was to do, even 2000 years ago.
But in 2012, I’d take that further: our “poor” have become the “rich” Jesus warned us about.
I know because that’s where I come from.