The economically poor often see themselves as victims of circumstance rather than stewards of resources. The clear teaching of the Bible is just the opposite. Human beings were created to have dominion over creation, not to be dominated by it. Human beings are above creation, not one with it. They are commissioned by their Creator to manage and cultivate the garden in which He placed them.
This truth is empowering. It gives hope for change and vision of a better life. It inspires innovation, creativity, and ingenuity. It frees the human mind from fatalistic notions and passive acceptance of life in an impoverished state. Any belief that contradicts this truth is disempowering. Many of the world’s economic poor are captive to disempowering beliefs that ultimately hinder progress and stunt human development.