I hated typing this title, because identifying with the poor sounds so assuming, so snobby, so I’m better than you; however, I read a Facebook question that made me cringe. I should say that I am convinced Facebook is the place where you accumulate as many ‘Friends’ as possible and then post outlandish statements and wait for dozens of comments to flood your in-box. Please understand, I am not bashing Facebook. I Facebook myself. Isn’t it interesting the word Facebook can be used as a noun or verb? I even enjoy facebook. At the click of your mouse, you can stay connected with everyone from your grandma to your kindergarten classmate, regardless of how loose the connection.
Here’s the status update in question. Please note it is not verbatim, but close enough.
If you shop at thrift stores in an attempt to identify with the poor, do you think it is wrong to buy up all the name brand clothing at bargain prices, because the poor really need those bargains?
Are you seriously contemplating this question? Your introspection may be better directed if you contemplated haughtiness.
Just my opinion.
Must we really frequent thrift stores in order to identify with the poor? I think eating a meal of Ramen Noodles may be sufficient. Don’t you?
Please tell me main stream American society is not so far removed from reality that we think buying a pair previously owned Gap jeans helps us identify with the poor. This line of thinking almost makes my blood boil as much as when I heard Joe Biden talking about how he identifies so well with the working middle class. He talked about how our kitchen tables are just the same. Excuse me, but I’ve seen pictures of his house. If our kitchen tables are the same, he needs to fire his decorator.
I guess I am left to contemplate what ‘poor’ means in today’s America. The Bible tells us to be content with food and raiment, but it’s my guess a person with so little would definitely be considered poor. Are the thousands of jobless Americans poor? Maybe those of us who are just barely able to pay our mortgages and get dinner on the table? Or are we poor because we can’t take a two-week vacation and buy a new car?
And just maybe we should stop worrying about identifying with the poor, whoever you think that may be, and start thinking about passing on purchasing another pair of Gap jeans and instead, putting that $50 into actually helping the poor.