A few weeks ago I read a Newsweek article that absolutely floored me - and I just can't get it out of my mind.
For the first time in U.S. history, there are more poor people in the suburbs than in cities. Here's an excerpt from the article:
"Once prized as a leafy haven from the social ills of urban life, the suburbs are now grappling with a new outbreak of an old problem: poverty. Currently, 38 million Americans live below the poverty line...But for the first time in history, more of America's poor are living in the suburbs than the cities - 1.2 million more, according to a 2005 survey." (Newsweek, February 12, 2007, "Poor Among Plenty" p. 54).
Not all suburbs are experiencing poverty - but there are more in the sterotyped suburbs than under the train tracks in, say, downtown Chicago.
I've had unique conversations with people who say that those who live in the suburbs just don't care about the poor - and if they did, they would move into the city. But now we're finding that we don't need to move into the city to find poverty. Quite possibly we just may need to knock on our neighbor's door.
What implications does/should this type of stuff have on us as followers of Christ?
What implications does/should this have on the local church?