CWCC is showing the Sojourner’s film —The Line, a documentary showing the realities of poverty in America, and inviting us to respond. We will be one of hundreds sites across the country showing the film on October 2nd at 7:30 PM — in the Fellowship Hall. You are invited to come and share in the conversation, and invite your friends and neighbors to participate.
Why are we doing this? Too many Americans live at or below the poverty line. We claim to live in the richest nation in the world, and the riches that mark America are great, and yet poverty continues to persist in our midst. It affects people living in cities, in rural areas, and even in the suburbs. Yes, there is poverty in Troy, MI, one of the most affluent cities in Michigan. No, it’s not as visible as in Detroit, but it’s there, largely out of sight.
Jesus is quoted as saying that the poor will always be with you. And that maybe true, but we shouldn’t take that truism as license to ignore realities. People are poor for many reasons. It can be related to lack of education or bad decisions, but often people fall into poverty for reasons beyond their control. Factories close, schools are improperly funded, jobs leave, storms hit, the rain ceases to fall, or a medical crisis drains the funds. Many of the poor work multiple jobs to put food on the table and pay rent. No one wants to live below that line. No one really wants to be dependent on the government or any other entity. We all want to live above the line, but it’s important to remember that even when that line is crossed, it’s not necessarily a move into prosperity or even into the shrinking middle class. It’s just that life is sustainable, but often precarious.
So, what do we do? How do we respond? Jesus said that we will be judged on the basis of how we treat the “least of these” (Matt. 25). What does that require of us?
You can watch the trailer, and then consider your response: