Living a life of compassion and justice is obedient to how God wants us to live as Christians. God says that it is advantageous to our own souls to choose to care about the poorest people in the world.
Blogger Haley Bodine explains how the book of Proverbs—a book about living wisely—tell us it is not only good of us to love the poor … it is also good for us.
If given the choice between being known as a wise person or a foolish one, most (dare I say all?) of us would want to be known as the former. We want to be known as people who live wisely in our homes, at our jobs, and in our communities. We would rather be known for being wise than for being the village fool.