Reflection

Room in the Inn: Working Hard

"Working poor" should be an oxymoron, but it's unfortunately all too common. Fortunately, though it will take deep work, it can also be resolved.

Room in the Inn: Working Hard

"Working poor" should be an oxymoron, but it's unfortunately all too common. Fortunately, though it will take deep work, it can also be resolved.


 

 

Poverty and homelessness are difficult issues to resolve because they are in fact often the result of the collusion of several factors. All of these factors have to be adequately addressed before the issues will be alleviated. The factors that Jeff Moles specifically mentions in regards to the working poor and working homeless with whom he works are:  

  • Lack of adequately paying jobs, even when the person works multiple jobs and 40+ hours per week. 

  • Lack of access to adequate education to excel beyond their current income level 

  • Having a criminal record that may be years old, and not necessarily relevant to the job for which the individual is applying.  

 

Consider: 

How does it happen that we have a society in which individuals can work 60+ hours a week and still not be able to afford what are considered basic needs? 

 

What does the Bible have to say about work and rest? What does that say about our role in an economy-driven society in which people can work so diligently, and still be unable to attain basic needs? 

 

How might social and legal processes need to be reconfigured in order that individuals who have been convicted of crimes yet served their retributive time have a genuine opportunity to begin their lives anew? 

 

What will it take us to better build relationships across socioeconomic lines which are focused on knowing and uplifting one another, rather than on acts of charity disconnected from genuine human interaction and connection?

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