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Tag: Child Poverty

Poverty: Time to Challenge the Narrative!

If you have hung around for long enough, you will know that I have strong opinions about poverty and how it is created within our society. As the world re-emerges from the last 18 months of Covidtide, we are seeing a sharp snap back to a narrative of the undeserving poor.  With universal credit being slashed in the coming week affecting 6 million people, we are once again seeing an ideological drive to level up the wealthy at the expense of the poor. 

At the heart of it all is the narrative we tell ourselves about who we are as a community.  This clip is well worth two and a half minutes of your time.

Our national narrative is once again being steered by those at the top towards one of the “undeserving poor”.  This is a narrative we must stand against at all costs as a church.  It doesn’t fit.  It’s not Christian.  We must shout loudly and proudly about the inherent worth of every single human being, created in the image of God and beloved.  If we don’t rise to this challenge, we have failed to live up to our call as Jesus apprentices.

“Blessed are the poor.”

Jesus

~Fin~

Child Poverty

Yesterday I was watching TV when this advert came on.

The day before that Dave Walker posted this cartoon.

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Today I watched Prime Ministers questions where they jeered at each other like a bunch of 18th century toffs fighting over a slice of pie whilst arguing the pros and cons of an 11% pay rise for MPs.

I have another statistic.  48% of the children in my community where I live are in child poverty.

Can you stop taunting, mocking, sneering and scoffing at each other for two minutes and look around at the real people we are talking about?  Two minutes of behaving like lives matter?  Two minutes of pretending you’re not sat in a swanky all expenses paid members club for the privileged?