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It is long but very worthy of study. You can print a PDF of the document by clicking here. Scott Schaeffer I know what most people are thinking as they approach this study: I get it, already! We Christians tend to let greed and oppression issues take a back seat to issues that we think are more important.
The Bible contains so many verses that address greed and oppression of the poor that I will not analyze them all, but I will relate as many of them as possible to modern-day scenarios. I have divided these verses by subject and will begin with a brief analysis of immigration.
Included in a listing of various laws. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Chapter 25 addresses the year of Jubilee as well as mercy on the poor. Ezekiel prophesies against Jerusalem. God appeals to his people to act righteously rather than fast.
God expected His people to show kindness to immigrants and to let them live among them as long as they followed the law. God hates oppression, not only of His own people, but of all people. It says nothing, because there was no such thing as illegal immigration in ancient Israel.
Throughout history, earthlings have been able to settle anywhere on earth they wanted. Does God give us the right to keep the needy away from our prosperity?
God provides guidelines for future kings of Israel. Even the king of Israel was to avoid materialism.
Most of them were written by King Solomon, and each one is usually unrelated to the verses preceding and following it. Rather, we need to put relationships and serving God, neither of which pay money, ahead of worldly business.
Therefore, this proverb is similarly a warning against the teachings of the stingy. Christians today often love the teachings of the stingy, many of which blame the poor for their poverty and credit the wealthy for their successes.
Misers are not generous, so they resist helping the needy.
This also is vanity.The social work profession’s deepest roots are entwined through the knot that is poverty, from the time of the Elizabethan Poor Laws, which are usually cited as the first attempts at the policy of poverty management, to today’s “welfare reform” issues.
An ancient piece of common wisdom says the poor get poorer and the rich get richer (in fact it’s as ancient as the Bible). We’ve all experienced this in small ways in our daily lives in the form of bank fees if our account falls below a certain minimum amount, or in the higher interest rates.
The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.
Macro-level social work is large-scale social work that focuses on groups, communities, large organizations and society as a whole.
In general, macro level social workers see the community, instead of the individual, as the client, and work to improve community and societal structures for the. The need for empowerment practice is rooted in the historic and contemporary treatment of people who are poor and oppressed, especially women, African Americans, and all people of color, who continue to make up a disproportionate number of poor people.
The origins of social work started with wealthy christian women wanting to help to poor. Over the years it has grown into helping anyone and everyone meet their basic needs.
The job market has increased and the population that social workers provide services to has increased as well.