…. such as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, etc. to plant seeds, not needs?

The Chicago Tribune article titled, Mayor calls on well-heeled audience to fight poverty, reported the mayors appeal for help “in addressing deeply entrenched poverty in Chicago”.

The Purpose of This Post

Is to suggest an ancient remedy for both city government and “the well heeled” to help solve the problems of poverty that will benefit both the rich and the poor by planting seeds and not needs.

King Solomon

 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverb 22:7)

The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor. (Proverb 10:15)

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. (Proverb 11:24)

What’s My Point?

Asking for help from wealthy is not new in history. The Bible records numerous verses to advise the wealthy to believe that they were blessed by their Creator to gather wealth and a duty to help the poor.

If a city grows in prosperity, so do the property values. And if a city grows more weeds of poverty, eventually all city property loses value and violence spreads. Or in other words, the poor become more desperate and may engage in criminal means instead of work.

My point is seeds being planted in a field of weeds will not take root to bloom unless the fields are cleared of weeds.

What is needed is to clear the weeds and make the area more fertile so what is planted will grow and prosper.

How to accomplish in a city requires wisdom, cooperation, vision, and hard work by both the government and residents both wealthy and poor..

For Example

There are presently 55,000 abandoned homes (weeds) in Chicago.

To restore them requires the money to buy the seeds (materials) and skilled labor to plant (build or rebuild) fertile fields (homes,).

The city controls education or a means to train people with the skills needed to restore both abandoned and to upgrade more livable existing buildings. The city also needs to find a way to speed up the legal demolition of unsalvageable buildings.

The wealthy need to donate and invest the money (seeds) needed to purchase materials needed to restore both abandoned homes and any homes that are below livable conditions.

The residents need to be willing to learn the skills and work hard to prosper.

A plan is needed to reward workers. For example, the homestead acts helped provide incentives for early settlers in the West. The land would become theirs if they agreed to farm and live for a minimum period of time. A similar plan that would credit workers to be credited to reward them for their labor.

In My Opinion

There is another proverb that explains why the wealthy hates giving money to the government.

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. (Proverb 28:19)

When wealthy see their tax money or donations being used to pay high government salaries and benefits rather than provide incentives to work, seed requests fall on deaf ears. However, if they see results of their seed money prosper, they know they will also benefit as the above ancient. Proverb 11:24 states.

What is needed is a wise long-term plan that requires cooperation and wise city leadership, skilled unions training apprentices guidance, a plan for workers to earn credits for the hard work and time they expend to be used to purchase and reside in restored homes.  

Mayor Lightfoot is wise to ask the wealthy to help provide the seeds to clear out the weeds and both the wealthy and the poor residents will in time regrow, prosper, and hopefully own the homes they restore.

In other words, plant seeds, not needs.

If Interested

Read the Source Links below.

You Decide

Wise or foolish ancient proverbial advice available in the. Bible for use by rich and poor to live side by side and prosper together

Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all. (Proverb 22:2)

Regards and goodwill blogging

Source Links

Chicago Tribune


Plant Seeds not Needs

Bible Verses About Helping Others


Reckless Abandon of 55,000 Homes


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