the gospel and poverty

If we are to take seriously the opening sermon of Jesus at Nazareth recorded in Luke 4, his “mission statement” in which he proclaims that “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor,” there can be only one conclusion:  no matter what else the gospel does in our lives, if our gospel message is not “good news to the poor,” it is simply not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jim Wallis, from The Great Awakening:  Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America