So what should the response of the church be to poverty? Do we preach justice to the rich and exhort them to act rightly? Absolutely. Do we speak prophetically to our leaders and challenge them to hear the cries of their people? Without a doubt. Do we hold our own wealth with an open hand and give freely to those around us who are in need? Yes.
But, as the Bride of Christ, we are also called to do more than that.
Following the example of our husband Jesus (who submitted himself unto death, even death on a cross), we too need to give up our options and become poor ourselves so that we can identify with the needs of the poor. Then through our own faith and living testimony among them we will truly be able to offer hope in the midst of their circumstances.
The ultimate testimony of victory over poverty is not escaping it and living a life of luxury. It is freely choosing to enter back into it, for the sake of loving and helping others, because you know it has no power over you.