Written by Brett Anderson
I grew up in South Africa and while I don’t think I would have ever called myself ‘poor’ growing up, i definitely was aware that we had less than most of the people I was at school with. And so ‘relative poverty’ I guess, although with regular meals, more than enough clothes and a comfortable place to live, the word ‘poverty’ there feels starkly out of place.
We weren’t so much poor as less rich.
Which as a white person in South Africa up to this point, is the likely narrative.
Now, as an adult, trying to be someone who engages with the necessary race conversations and the closely-related socio-economic issue in my country, I cannot call myself a follower of Jesus and ignore the very real poverty that exists around me.
But I come to realise more and more just how complicated it all is. There is no one-size-fits-all paradigm or practice or mindset that is going to work well. Case by case or more importantly person by person, I need to be discerning as to how best to proceed.Support The Work of Common Change