quotes

poverty

God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them. • Bono (Lead singer of U2)

Nothing that you have not given away will ever truly be yours. • C.S. Lewis

Poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. • Nelson Mandela

The opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is enough. • Wess Stafford (Former President of Compassion International)

For the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Do all the good you can, To all the people you can, In all the ways you can, As long as ever you can. • Epitaph (Tombstone inscription in Shrewsbury, England)

There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. • Mohandas Ghandi, Political and Spiritual Leader in India

It's the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. • Mother Teresa

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. • Albert Einstein

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But ... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'" • Martin Luther King Jr.

To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor... it's nothing. • Bono

When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed. • Mother Teresa

It is a beautiful thing when folks in poverty are no longer just a missions project but become genuine friends and family with whom we laugh, cry, dream, and struggle. • Shane Claibourne

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. • Martin Luther King Jr.

You can't comfort the afflicted without afflicting the comfortable. • Princess Diana (Princess of Wales)

The Bible insists that the best test of a nation's righteousness is how it treats the poorest and most vulnerable in its midst. • Jim Wallis (Founder of Sojourners Magazine)

Charity--giving to the poor--is an essential part of Christian morality... I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our own charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them. • C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity

Where you live should no longer determine whether you live. • Bono

We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what he did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours. I had come to see that the great tragedy in the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor. • Shane Claiborne

We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside... but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved. • Martin Luther King Jr., from A Time to Break the Silence (Sermon, Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967)

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, but we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. • Dietrich Bonhoeffer

People are not poor because they lack potential, they are poor because they lack opportunity. • Carly Fiorina