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How the Christian Worldview Changes Our Approach to Poverty

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Christianity sets forth that humans are made in the image of God — that we have particular God-like characteristics when it comes to creation, cultivation, compassion, relationship, and so on. Such a remarkable truth tells us something deeply profound about the world we live in, as well as how we ought to respond in any number of situations.

In an excerpted video from the PovertyCure series, John Stonestreet explains how the Christian worldview transforms our approach to poverty:

From the video:

The Christian worldview teaches that as individuals we are to care about others, we are to notice those who are suffering and in need around us. And that’s what’s brilliant about the Christian system, is that it realizes that humans are far more than just material creatures, and it’s only by those one-on-one relationships that we can start to work not only for a short-term solution, so that somebody can have a meal tomorrow, but for a long-term solution.

PovertyCure_Logo-treeWe need to help the poor not only with our hearts — not only care about them because they have value — but we need to do it with our heads, understanding what makes them human. This is the power of the Christian worldview.

For more, see additional quotes from the interview, or order PovertyCure today.

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Joseph Sunde is an associate editor and writer for the Acton Institute. His work has appeared in venues such as The Federalist, First Things, The City, The Christian Post, The Stream, Charisma News, Juicy Ecumenism, Ethika Politika, Made to Flourish, and the Center for Faith and Work. Joseph resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and four children.

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