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Summary: This is a sermon about the powerful Treat the Poor and what it means to be working poor in a country with so much every thing. The Sermon is based on the interactions between David and Nathan around his killing of Uriah

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“and sent Nathan to David. Nathan said to him, “There were two men in the same city—one rich, the other poor. The rich man had huge flocks of sheep, herds of cattle. The poor man had nothing but one little female lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up with him and his children as a member of the family. It ate off his plate and drank from his cup and slept on his bed. It was like a daughter to him.

“One day a traveler dropped in on the rich man. He was too stingy to take an animal from his own herds or flocks to make a meal for his visitor, so he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared a meal to set before his guest.” David exploded in anger. “As surely as GOD lives,” he said to Nathan, “the man who did this ought to be lynched! He must repay for the lamb four times over for his crime and his stinginess!”

“You’re the man!” said Nathan. “And here’s what GOD, the God of Israel, has to say to you: I made you king over Israel. I freed you from the fist of Saul. I gave you your master’s daughter and other wives to have and to hold. I gave you both Israel and Judah. And if that hadn’t been enough, I’d have gladly thrown in much more. So why have you treated the word of GOD with brazen contempt, doing this great evil? You murdered Uriah the Hittite, then took his wife as your wife. Worse, you killed him with an Ammonite sword! And now, because you treated God with such contempt and took Uriah the Hittite’s wife as your wife, killing and murder will continually plague your family. This is GOD speaking, remember! I’ll make trouble for you out of your own family. I’ll take your wives from right out in front of you. I’ll give them to some neighbor, and he’ll go to bed with them openly. You did your deed in secret; I’m doing mine with the whole country watching!””

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12:1-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

http://bible.com/97/2sa.12.1-12.msg

Every since the bible time there has been a real interaction between the rich and the poor as a matter of face poverty has always been a leading cause of war battles murder and destruction. Look at South Carolina right Now.

We have something called “Working Poor” folks with

– A full-time job isn’t always enough to live on, according to up-to-date statistics. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that nearly 25 percent, of 46.5 million poor in the U.S., are considered “working poor,” as of 2012. “Working poor,” are people who spend 27 weeks or more per year in the labor force working or looking for work and whose incomes are below the poverty level.

Let me break it down Anita Jackson, 35, also a single mother, has had to seek help from Harvest Hope Food Bank to provide for her three children. She works full-time as a scheduler in a local hospital. The past two years, her hours have been cut back in the summer.

“I have a good full-time job and I think it’s a coveted position,” she said. “I feel that if I do have a full-time job, I should be able to provide everything. I’m not living extravagantly. I pay for gas, rent and child care, nothing extra.”

Understand now a typical family of four, two working adults and two children, needs to work three full-time minimum wage jobs to earn a living wage. The Calculator estimates that the living wage in South Carolina is $18.06 an hour, for two working adults supporting two children.

Yet we have leaders who don't seem to recognize that folks are hurting. If one person lives in a run down apartment and their children don't have enough to eat and they have to decide between food and back to school supplies, while another person lives in a Mac Mansion and their major decision is what type of BMW to buy for their 16year older something is wrong.

Especially when the rich person is so supposed to be a public servant. You see sometimes our leaders need to be reminded of what it means to mistreat persons because of perceived power.

And I think the church needs to get back to the job of reminding the leadership of how it is treating the people.

Now don't get it twisted I don't thing the politician should have less money (I would want a BMW if I could fit in one) I think the mother with three Children and a decent job should make More. I don't think the leadership in the hospital should be cutting her hours in the summer to make the company/Cooperation more money. But I know folks right here is South Carolina folks in power can do more for the poor then they are doing.

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