how to live with the rich

Bec Isaacson

How to live with the rich is a limited series podcast about how the middle class can actually, practically, and Biblically help the poor. read less

Episode 24: The Last One! What to do about it (Part Four)
Nov 1 2022
Episode 24: The Last One! What to do about it (Part Four)
Welcome to the final episode! Not only of our four part “what to do about it” series, but also (for now!) to the podcast itself. Today, we bring the last 23 episodes together to talk about setting a Rule of Life in the context of possessions, time, and living a lifestyle of justice and righteousness. I encourage you to sit with Jesus, pick a problem, and run to the pain - putting practical and real-life action to our Biblical mandate to care for the poor. In all areas, our aim is the same: to not just have “a heart for the poor” but to get our hands (and lives) dirty in the process of building relationships with people, learning from them, and being a very real and tangible part of global good. We have one shot at living out our limited lives on earth to the best of our ability, in obedience to God, and for the advancement of His Kingdom. And so, let us give away our money, yes, but also our lives in the pursuit of biblical justice and the glory of God. Let us frame and live our lives with great purpose and intention.The solution to poverty is not simple, because human beings are not simple. We are whole, multi-faceted, and complicated beings, which means that our response to poverty must be the same. We simply cannot throw our riches at the poor and call it a job-well-done, and neither can we ignore the poor as an excuse to avoid dependency. Neither of these options work, and it’s not what we were designed for. Instead, we were and we are designed for lifestyles of justice, and to be a generous, sacrificial people as we follow and obey our holy King. Thank you so much for being with me on this journey! Thank you for listening, caring, sharing, subscribing and supporting me. It has truly been an honor, a privilege and a pleasure. Thanks for being along for the ride!
Episode 18: Clothing and Fashion
Sep 20 2022
Episode 18: Clothing and Fashion
Today’s episode is all about the (horrible and awful) global fashion, textile, and clothing industry. Here are some highlights (lowlights?):1 in 6 people around the world currently work in some part of the fashion industry, making it the largest labor force on earth. It is a $3 trillion annual industry that currently produces over 80 billion new pieces of clothing per year, which far exceeds either necessity or demand. This is a production increase of 400% in the last two decades. As late as the 1960s, 95% of clothing purchased in the United States were made within the country. Now, this number is just 3%, with the other 97% being outsourced to majority nations with low-wage economies. 80% of the people who work in the fashion industry are women.Fewer than 2% of textile workers are paid a livable wage. The average American throws away 82 pounds of textile waste each year, which creates 11 million tons of waste from the United States alone. 85% of this waste will never be recycled or reused.The fashion industry is also the second most polluting industry on earth, contributing 10% of  total global greenhouse emissions, and producing 20% of the world's wastewater.There is no upside to our current system of clothing and textile production, and we do not have to buy into it. Instead, we can make intentional lifestyle choices that have a direct and positive impact on the world’s poorest people. It’s a simple way to do some true global good, which is what this podcast - and this episode - is all about.Today's Resource Room Highlight: The True Cost