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  1. Disagree. People share with people who are like them. Poverty involves people who are not like them. Jesus got it right:

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43–48)

    This is so hard that Jesus claimed success in loving, in practicing agápē, would be evidence (i) that said practitioners are his disciples; (ii) that God sent him to earth. See these three passages together at Mt 5:43–48, Jn 13:34–35, Jn 17:20–23, and see additional thoughts at Francis Schaeffer’s The Mark of the Christian.

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