If you live paycheck to paycheck, as my wife and I have many times for many years, or have ever said on a regular basis, “I can never get ahead” you may be addicted to poverty and not even know it.
The question, “Are you addicted to poverty” may sound ridiculous or even harsh but it is not meant to be. Truth is, millions of people are addicted to poverty but do not realize it. These demonstrate it through their spending habits, excessive debt, and lack of financial knowledge.
Much like the alcoholic or drug addict, I am sure even now, the “DENIAL” card is being drawn and put on the table.
Phrases like, “I am not an alcoholic, or rather “not a poverty-holic” are being expressed. Addicts are slaves to their addiction plain and simple. They live in denial. Some cannot stop the acquisition of bad debt, or the insatiable desire to spend which causes the bad debt. They know they do not have any extra to throw away but they do it anyway. After all,
“I have worked all week, I deserve this!”
The constant practice of “the prodigal lifestyle” puts millions everyday in utter financial despair while they blame the government and their next door neighbor for all their financial troubles. We live in a society of non-sober thinking that knows nothing about personal accountability, it appears this way anyhow. New generations of young people grow up everyday left to fend for themselves possessing less financial knowledge than the preceding generation.
Back to poverty…..
“I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.” Proverbs 24:30-34
Poverty-holics say things like, “I can’t afford this” and teach their children “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Meanwhile they lift no finger to educate themselves in the area needed the most, finance. So, the financial vineyard lays waste and unfruitful. In the U.S. some say, “This is America, just give me my paycheck and pack of beer, I don’t need to know anything about money, or accounting, or investing!”
Yet they struggle paycheck to paycheck as if it is the normal and right thing to do. Again I ask, “Are you addicted to poverty?” Some say they are Christians but are addicted to poverty and justify their poverty by using Bible scriptures to say it is okay and of God to be poor. Yet, no such scriptures exist.
If the American economy is to truly change, it will come, not when Christians justify their laziness, or Congress allowing the President to spend another half …