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Kingdom Come (Undone): When the Most Christian States Are Also The Poorest, An ON Scripture Feature

by Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon (Matthew 13:31-33,44-52) Kingdom Come (Undone): When the Most Christian States Are Also The Poorest, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon with a focus on Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 (Jul 30, 2017) On Scripture Video.

Alabama, where I live, was just placed dead last among states for livability, according to a recent CNBC article.
 
“Worst” and “best” lists, almost a cottage industry on social media these days, are the cheap candy of critical inquiry. They give us a quick sugar high laced with self-satisfaction, before we move on to the next post, the next meme.
What worries me about this list, however, is that it points to uncomfortable truths. About one in four people in Alabama live in poverty, compared to the national average of 13.5%. In cities such as Birmingham, where I live, the poverty rate reaches 37.4%, the brunt of which is born by communities and persons of color. This makes Alabama the fourth poorest state in the country with the fourth highest child poverty rate. It is a state where every county except one has a child food insecurity rate above the national average of 20%. And if you are Latino or African American, a third of your community will be poor, compared to a little over 13% for white communities, state wide. [More].

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