“I believe that eliminating poverty will only come through equality, equality born from liberty.”
– D.R. Freeth
Although I am not a man of an established religion, I believe my vision for our world is illustrated quite well by the Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians. Below is his text from 2 Corinthians, chapter 8:
“And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”
I believe the true solution to ending poverty in our world for us to understand and receive the “grace of giving” so “that there might be equality.” The cycle of giving works in such a way that no person is left in need. In our time of plenty we may supply what others need, and in our time of lack others will supply our own needs.
We have the great liberty to give to meet the needs of others. Many have looked to governments, charities, and other organizations to meet the needs of the poor. However, giving will only truly solve the problem of poverty when it is accomplished from the place of liberty to do so.
My ultimate vision is to build communities where giving is the key component and foundation of our success and achievement of a high quality living standard for all people. Places where resources are shared for the benefit of all people in need.