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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.

PovertyCure DVD Series

PovertyCure DVD Series

Join host Michael Matheson Miller on a journey around the world to explore the foundations of human flourishing, and learn how people are moving toward partnerships and pursuing entrepreneurial solutions to poverty rooted in the creative capacity of the human person made in the image of God. Meet religious and political leaders, entrepreneurs, missionaries, and renowned development experts, and discover the powerful resources Christianity brings to the pursuit of human flourishing.

Visit the official PovertyCure website for more information.

Joseph Sunde Joseph Sunde is a writer and project coordinator for the Acton Institute, serving as editor of the Letters to the Exiles blog and content manager of the Oikonomia channel at He is the founder of Remnant Culture and was a longtime contributor to AEI's Values & Capitalism project. 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, Mission:Work, Made to Flourish, and the Center for Faith and Work. Joseph resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and four children.