In the book Creating
an Opportunity Society, Ron Haskins and Isabel
Sawhill took Census Bureau data and found that a person only has a 2% chance of ending
up in poverty if they graduate high school, get a full-time job and wait to get
married and have children until after their 21st birthday.
According to the Cato Institute, the government spends $20,000 per poor person and more than
$60,000 on a family of three. Yet, the poverty rate is almost identical to what
it was 40 years.
With gospel proclamation
do you fight poverty by helping students succeed in school, teach them
responsibility to help them keep a job, and promote sexual purity?
I think it should be
obvious that the issue of graduating school and sexual purity is not that
simple. Broken families have a lot to do with this. Still, with these stats in
mind, should this impact your vision of ministering to the poor?
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.