How Long, God?

November 3, 2013



How long, God?

1 in 7 Americans live in poverty. 14%! That’s 4% more than the 10% tithe you ask us to give you for your mission in the world!
I know one of those Americans who live in poverty. His name is Sam. Lives right here in Indiana. Has a full-time job working 40 hours a week for 50 weeks a year. But it pays minimum wage—$7.25 an hour. You do the math, God. That’s a measly $14,500 a year, before taxes. How’s Sam supposed to get by on $14,500 with prices for rent, food, clothes, and transportation the way they are?
Meanwhile, one of our national leaders in Congress recently complained that he’s “stuck” in Washington, D.C., earning only $172,000 a year. His name is Phil. I read in the news that Phil is worth somewhere between $3 million and $7.6 million. Look at the contrast, God! Sam earning $14,500 and Phil earning $172,000 with a nest egg of millions of dollars on the side. Does this seem fair, especially when Phil claims he’s not earning enough?

How long, God?

Bible References

  • Habakkuk 1:1 - 4
  • Habakkuk 2:1 - 4