Didn't Jesus say 'the poor you will always have with you?'  what is your opinion if we refer to America situation?Didn't Jesus say 'the poor you will always have with you?'  what is your...

Didn't Jesus say 'the poor you will always have with you?'  what is your opinion if we refer to America situation?

Didn't Jesus say 'the poor you will always have with you?'  what is your opinion if we refer to America situation?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The line that you quote comes from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 26, Verse 11.  It comes from the story where the woman comes and annoints Jesus's feet with expensive perfume.  His disciples say that it would have been better to sell the perfume and use the money to help the poor.  At that point, Jesus says that what she did was right because the poor wil always be there but Jesus himsef will not be.  To me, this quote does not really have anything to do with the situation in America today.

Jesus is only saying it is okay to ignore the poor in this special circumstance -- to use the money to glorify him.  This is special because he is only going to be on Earth a short while.  But Jesus is not living in the US today and when we refuse to help the poor, it is not because we are giving the money to Jesus instead.

Generally, when we refuse to help the poor, we do not take the money and use it to glorify God.  Even if we did, God is going to always be with us (now that Jesus is not on the Earth anymore).  So there is no real excuse -- there is no analogy between what the woman used the money for and what we use our money for today.

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