Never Oppress The Poor

22 Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court.
23 For the Lord is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them.
Proverbs 22:22-23 (NLT)

There are many people who have negative views on the rich. In their mind, if you are rich then you must have oppressed the poor. So, they hate rich people. They consider the rich as parasites that suck blood from the poor. The world will be a better place if we can confiscate all the riches in the world and distribute them equally to every one. That is the basis for socialism and communism. There were countries that tried that and failed. Today, the biggest communist country in the world, China has turned to capitalism.

Communism failed because it is based on a wrong doctrine. While there are rich people who oppressed the poor, there are also rich people who help the poor by creating wealth. If the rich do not create wealth, they will not be able to create jobs for the poor. The poor will only get poorer.

The above verses tell us that the worst way in getting rich is to rob the poor and exploit the needy. Why? The Lord takes it personally and he will defend them. He will act against those who oppressed the poor. If you happen to be doing that, you better repent. You need to realize that you can still get rich without having to oppress or rob anyone.

It is very clear in the above passage that God identifies so closely with the poor that he is prepared to ruin anyone who ruins them. This means that he must also be prepared to prosper anyone who prospers the poor as well. Wow! I see another get-rich opportunity here. If you want to get rich, help the poor. How to do that? Here are 2 principles to remember:

First, it involved giving as I have explained in my previous articles. You can choose to fix a certain percentage of you income to be given to a specific course. For example, you may have decided to give away 10% of your income to a ministry that cares for the orphans in Africa.

When you earn $1,000, you give $100.
When you earn $10,000, you give $1,000.
When you earn $100,000, you give $10,000.
When you earn $1,000,000, you give $100,000, and so on.

This means the more you earn, more orphans will get to eat and live in dignity. Will God be happy? I bet he will. Since God identifies himself so closely with the poor, he must be willing to what he can to provide for them. Since, you have been committing a proportion of your income for his course, he must be encouraged to increase your income as much as he can so that you can give more to the poor.

We should be encouraged to get richer. No matter how high my salary is, I aspire to earn more because I want to give more to the poor. This principle gives me the drive to be richer and richer.

The second principle is in choosing the type of business if you want to start your own business. If you want to build a successful business, your business must involve in helping the poor in some ways.

The best example I can think of is Wal-Mart. It is so successful that the heirs of its founder, Sam Walton are billionaires. If the founder is still alive, he can easily be the richest man in the world. What makes Wal-Mart so successful? Its business model is about cutting cost and selling daily necessities at lowest possible price.

What do you think will happen when you sell necessities at the lowest possible price? The poor will benefit the most. Their very little money can buy more things. Their quality of life will improve. It is like giving a pay rise to everyone within the neighborhood. Wal-Mart is also hiring those who cannot get employment elsewhere like the retires. The entire business functions like a charity, selling goods at the lowest possible price and employ those who cannot be employed elsewhere. As a result, it is a great success and its shareholders reap huge profits.

This tells us that if we want to be rich build or invest in a business that helps the poor.


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