I began thinking of the truth about poverty and a couple of things occurred to me. First, I believe the truth is we don’t have to have poverty. Second, a great many of our people are more committed to the economic theory of capitalism than they are to the eradication of poverty.

Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society

For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them.

–Jesus, Mark 14:7

(And no, the contrast here is not between helping and not helping the poor–the contrast is between Jesus and one who claims to know better than He.)