Over the last week I have been posting from the lectionary parts of proverbs, primarily dealing with the need to ensure that the poor have justice. For they cannot afford the lawyers who will advocate for the rich.
But the poor are not blameless, and they can and do oppress each other, and for this they will be held accountable.
So, what to do?
Be gentle with the economically challenged. Help them. Do not charge them swingeing interest. If possible, give to them, get them small jobs (you can pay them for as contractors) and help them rather than leave them at the mercy of those bastards, the banks and loan sharks.
3 A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.