Freedom from Poverty
According to James Orr, the quality of personal and social life can be seen as a kind of secondary freedom.143 Poverty is also a threat to peace as mentioned
above.144 Humans must have their basic needs satisfied, such as food and satisfactory living conditions, in order to peace to exist.
Freedom encourages economic progress, and is a component of economic prosperity, as well.145 In Old Testament times, people considered freedom as a kind
of material liberty, “freedom from taxes and other types of obligations” (1 Sam
The Bible supports freedom from hunger as a desired outcome; Jesus fed five thousand people, as recorded in Mk 6:42, 44: “They all ate and were satisfied, the
number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.” Also in Job 29:12, Job is presented as a good example, having rescued the poor and the fatherless, who had none to assist them. Similarly, Job made the widow’s heart sing (Job 29:13). There was a promise to the poor in Lev 26:5: “You will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.” Furthermore, whoever follows the teachings and believes in God will prosper (Prov 3:2). The poor hope for God to deliver them from suffering; according to Job 5: 16, “the poor have hope.” Believers do not expect to be poor forever. Christ was with the poor throughout his stay on earth.
The gospel is preached to the poor, the blind, the captives, and the oppressed (Lk 4:18). It is clear that Jesus has come for those who exist on the margin of society.146 In the Christian gospel, poverty is paradoxically the greatest treasure.147 It encourages spirituality, and Christ identified with the poor.