Every summer I take a group of high school students out to work with our partners in El Salvador. The families in the school there live at a simple subsistence level. It’s easy to romanticize their lives when we’re out there for what amounts to a kind of summer vacation, but there is something simple and honest about their poverty. They don’t have much financially. They don’t have much hope. They don’t have much future. They don’t have much of anything. Nevertheless, when I am out there I am always very happy. They welcome us with a natural hospitality and enjoy life in a way that we struggle to in the hectic American suburbs.
The fifth problem is a result of the first four: that the wealthy end up with a blind spot regarding the real values and beliefs of the faith. They may live their lives in a beautiful haze of ‘goodness’ and material blessings and nice friends and lovely things but wind up with a blank in understanding the heart of the gospel.