Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Positively Poor

The mid-70s marked a paradigm shift in America as changes in federal credit law and changing attitudes toward marriage and the family converged to form a new economy.  Dual-income families became the norm and inflated the prices of everything in sight.  The single-income family came under financial siege.  Homeschoolers would feel the brunt.

Homeschoolers—present and potential—face a financial predicament, a predicament to which most of the popular homeschooling advocates are blind.  The popular advocates, unlike a majority of their homeschooling listeners, are swimming in a pool of huge financial support, and it is easy for one's condition to be superimposed on everyone else—one popular homeschooling advocate suggested daughters be taught how to manage a six-figure income.

When the Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt they were poor, dependent on the Providence of God.  This was the Lord's doing.  Similarly, our nation was established by men and women of faith, not means.  Likewise, the Lord is in the process of forming a new nation even as I write, even as the corpse that envelopes the new nation rots.  The new nation will be established by a faithful elite.  The new nation will be established by the positively poor.

"Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?"

-James 2:5 (NASB)

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