Saturday, November 5, 2011

Poverty In America Growing Worse with Churches Even More Out of Touch

See any of the phony churches talking about these issues or dealing with them? I sure don't.

Keep in mind food stamps are basically a modern day bread line.

45.8 Million In USA Now On Food Stamps

"15 Trillion Dollars In Debt, 45 Million Americans On Food Stamps And Zero Solutions On The Horizon"

You won't hear about this in the false churches. The religious right, is more busy berating poor people for owning refrigerators in modern society and claiming they aren't poor.

Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels – 19 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans is living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before. In 2010, we were told that the economy was recovering, but the truth is that the number of the "very poor" soared to heights never seen previously. Back in 1993 and back in 2009, the rate of extreme poverty was just over 6 percent, and that represented the worst numbers on record. But in 2010, the rate of extreme poverty hit a whopping 6.7 percent. That means that one out of every 15 Americans is now considered to be "very poor". For many people, this is all very confusing because their guts are telling them that things are getting worse and yet the mainstream media keeps telling them that everything is just fine. Hopefully this article will help people realize that the plight of the poorest of the poor continues to deteriorate all across the United States. In addition, hopefully this article will inspire many of you to lend a hand to those that are truly in need.

It's sad, at least during the last Depression, people admitted there was a Depression. Now as we live in a land of lies, they tell you the economy is recovering.

I am getting concerned seeing so many I know who are unemployed or underemployed. I know people who have been unemployed for long periods of time. Things are getting tough out there. One thing I find most disgusting about the religious right is their hatred for the poor and disdain for them. The Left is evil as well, exploiting them, but I have seen evidence of hatred for the poor only growing that I talked about in this article from over a year ago:

"Worldly attitudes towards the poor".

So the picture is growing bad out there.

One program I found out the churches are embracing is called BRIDGES out of POVERTY This program is growing more popular out there.

In fact an acquaintance told me her church was running a "Bridges out of Poverty" class. It is also called the "Aha Process". A few years ago, I read about this program, and was horrified at what I found. This program was started by a woman named Dr. Ruby Payne who came out of the Jesuit university of Loyola. Basically it implies that people are poor because they are lazy, that they have bad work habits, and do not value the same things the upper classes do. One of the aspects of the program is telling people the "hidden rules" of economic class.

See the charts here too. Notice something? It focuses on bad behavior making people poor. It blames the person. The poor already face extreme judgements. The lack of money changes the decisions, but folks like this will ignore that basic.

On the grid regarding these charts, 1-4 is the spectrum from rich to poor, with the richest and most wealthy being at #4 and poorest at #1.

I want to show you something that struck me as absolutely horrifying given the corruption of bankers, and some of the wealthiest in our country, that is detailed on this chart. Click to enlarge:

Notice this part of the chart, and the stuff about "intelligence". Given the sheer amounts of college educated going without jobs, this stuff is inexplicable. Education today does not automatically coincide with money. Lack of education can surely keep one in poverty but this is more blindness to reality. There are plenty with college degrees who grew up upper middle class even and unable to get as good paying jobs as their parents fell down a few notches.

While there is generational poverty and people who end up in poverty who reject all responsibility or have addiction problems, what astounds me is as the American economy and middle class is destroyed and as formerly middle class people, fall down the ranks, the churches out there are promoting a program, that enforces the "it's all your fault" nonsense. They can claim all they want that hard work and education will eradicate poverty but if all the jobs are being sent overseas [even higher level ones like radiology and paralegal work] what good will all the exploration do of the faults of individuals or preaching that if a poor person acts like a rich one the cash will automatically appear?

It goes with the blame the victim mentality. Those who are rich, are "better" and the theme is that if you can get the poor to "think" and "act" like the rich, it will raise their socioeconomic level. How is that supposed to happen without money? Horatio Alger couldn't have pulled off a more incredible meritocracy stunt. Many of the churches are aligned with the elite in the oppression of the poor!

Jam 2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
Jam 2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
Jam 2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Jam 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?


The Roaming Commoner said...

Oppression of the poor is going so deep into the churches now. I live just a few miles from Lakewood Church which is headed by Joel Osteen. Basically, from what I see, his entire sermons are based on how God wants you to get as much wealth as you can. I don't know if he claims this blatantly but the message is there. Basically, if you are poor, you have only yourself to blame. I think this is how these mega wealthy churches feel.

Bible Believer said...

I agree, the oppression of the poor is deep in them. Many of the churches the poor would not fit in at all, the world of latte's and 80 dollar a night hotel "retreats" [leadership training] isn't working. The megachurches do teach if you are poor you only have yourself to blame, even the ones not in full blown Joel Osteen Word of Faith delusions have that undercurrent. Even with this Bridges to Poverty program, it is not only in evangelical churches but many of the more liberal mainline ones. The message is that if you are poor you deserve it, and it's due to your shortcomings. None of the preachers or pastors are talking about the collapse of the economy, I haven't seen it with any named ones ANYWHERE. Yeah with Joel Osteen his message is so out of touch it's not funny but I guess there still plenty thinking their pot of gold awaits if they follow his teachings.

Anonymous said...

Talking about phony and false- The View did a story on Michael Pearl today. People listen to him? has articles on him.