Poverty - What Does It Look Like?

June 14, 2015

My parents, each born in the 1920’s were raised on farms where they did have the basic food essentials of whole milk, potatoes, eggs and vegetables and some meat but rarely tasted sugar, oranges or bananas.  There was no television or internet and ipads were something you placed over an injured eye.  They each attended a one room school house where they learned how to read and write and do basic math and completed their school education at grade 8.  A very simple and basic  yet fulfilling life.

I recently reviewed an elementary reader of my grandfather’s and I dare say that the vocabulary of that book exceeds university textbooks of today.  2 plus 2 equalled 4 back in those days prior to the age of political correctness and if you were offended by that it just didn’t matter – truth prevailed.

In those better days of old they were raised to respect, honor and obey Biblical instruction and the principles therein.  Schools and homes placed the emphasis on human responsibilities far more than human rights and children were raised learning how to serve others not demanding others to serve them.  Schools did not expend energy indoctrinating children to accept all ways of living as equal or tolerating ungodly behaviour in their own lives, the emphasis was on understanding godly biblical instruction and obeying it.

My mom on a few occasions told me how they survived those days of little money.  She said, “We ate boiled potatoes, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and potato cake and potato pie.  We did not realize that we were poor because in reality, we were rich.  We had godly parents, our brothers and sisters and the Lord, we were rich in everything that mattered, and in our heritage.”  And so in those days when so many were poor in finances, the richness of their heritage was more than sufficient.

Today, 90 years later, although we live in a seemingly stronger economy (though dangerously leveraged), our moral poverty as a nation has never been darker.  We live in a nation of great financial richness yet bankrupt of biblical morality.  Canada’s rapid moral decline and departure from our Christian heritage will soon destroy her and no amount of financial leveraging will prevent this.

There is a popular political saying, “It’s about the economy stupid”, which is a reflection of ungodly thinking.  The truth is, when it comes to the well-being of a nation, it’s about morality.  Proverbs 22:28 says it well, “Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.”

The healthy boundaries that God set out for mankind were for the good of individuals, families and nations.  Living within those God-given boundaries leads to prosperity, hope and a future; departing from them brings poverty, despair and a destructive ending.

At CHP Canada we are working to restore the ancient yet timeless boundary which our forefathers have set, please join with us and invite your like-minded friends.

Jim Enos

Ontario President

CHP Canada

The Christian Heritage Party of Canada


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