How often have I looked at the poor around me, and thought of them as less than myself; or even those who make less than myself. My wife and I make a very comfortable wage. We now have a comfortable home. I have judged others because of where they lived, and the work that they do, but I am no greater than them. I just have been given much, and so therefore I must give.
I was inspired to think about this principle after reading Alma 32; when the poor come to Alma because they have been thrown out of their congregations because of their poverty.
This is also a good time to remember the Beatitude about poverty. In Matthew 5:3, it says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Now, compare that verse with the verse in the Book of Mormon, in which the Lord teaches the people in America after His resurrection. Here, it says: “Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (3 Nephi 12:3)
The difference between the two scriptures is the “who come unto me”, which is significant, because the poor still can have such a bad attitude that they still do not qualify for the kingdom of heaven, just like those who are rich and prideful.
I am also reminded of Victor Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search For Meaning”. I have never read the book, but I have heard it said, and I just read that there are basically two races of men: decent; and indecent. There were decent guards, and indecent prisoners. So therefore, there are also decent rich people, and indecent poor people, and vice versa.
I pray that I may be decent in the sight of God.