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Research shows that nearly 2 billion people live in poverty. During the last 20 years, that percentage has dropped from 28 to 21 percent. Researching the causes of poverty is very important. But it is remarkable that when Jesus was asked to weigh in on the cause of a man’s blindness, He took a different approach. Here is that account, found in John. “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi.” His disciples asked him, “Why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then Jesus spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam. So the man went and washed and came back seeing.” Jesus alerts us to an important principle. While we must research to uncover the causes of certain calamities, we must not limit our response to merely explaining why people are poor, ill, or handicapped. We must as Jesus did glorify God by helping them.

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