The Dominant Narrative:
The poor are lazy.
The poor are shiftless.
The poor can’t be trusted.
The poor are unmotivated.
The poor have too many children.
The poor should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.
The poor have free health care.
The poor make bad decisions.
The poor deserve to be poor.
The poor work the system.
The poor are the problem.
The poor don’t matter.
The Biblical Narrative:
The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding. (Proverbs 29:7)
The wicked do not plead the cause of the homeless that they may prosper; and they do not defend the rights of the poor. Shall I not punish them for these things? (Jeremiah 5:28)
Ah, you who make unfair laws, who write oppressive statutes that turn aside the needy from justice and rob the poor of their rights . . . What will you do on the day of punishment?. . . To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth? (Isaiah 10:1-3)
Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor their Maker. (Proverbs 14:31)
When the king judged the cause of the poor and needy, then it was well. Is not this what it means to know God? (Jeremiah 22:16)
If you wish to be whole, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; then come follow me. (Matthew 19:20)