Proverbs 31:9 - Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
First, it must be noted that having any kind of housing is a blessing even if it’s low-income housing. So many today live on the streets and don’t have the luxury of a roof over their heads.
It’s difficult for those of us who live on Social Security Disability, due to chronic health issues to not only live in low-income housing, but sometimes our families think less of us and feel we’re not trying hard enough to climb out of our situation.
We’d like to be able to hold down a job and pay for our housing with our paychecks, but when you’re unable to do so this also can take away from what you think of yourself and certainly what your family thinks of you.
It’s like a chasm that separates two parts of a city. One side has the things they need to provide for themselves and their families, while on the other side stands someone who lost their job due to layoffs thus sending their family into poverty.
I believe it’s time to build a bridge between those who have much and those who have little. But instead of being willing to build that bridge, we see judgmental attitudes and they are unwilling to help build the bridge. It takes both sides of the city to build the bridge. One side can’t do it by themselves.
So how do we make the public, and especially our families, understand how much it hurts to be judged and feel less of a person, because we live in low-income housing?
In the article, “Just the Facts: Poverty Myths and Stereotypes,” on justharvest.org, it provides answers that refute the myths of poverty such as poor people are unmotivated and have weak work ethics.
As I spoke of in the case above, where the head of the household lost their job, it’s unacceptable to judge them. They may be out hitting the pavement every day looking for a job, but have been unable to do so.
In the end, learn from the Bible verse above the next time you find yourself judging another. We are to defend the rights of the poor and needy. And it wouldn’t hurt if we could lend a hand building a bridge that stands to unite those less fortunate in the with those who have an abundance.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.