We can clearly see that the preferential option for the poor is not a new idea. A basic moral test for any society is how it treats it's weakest and most vulnerable members.
As Christians we are called to respond to the needs of all our brothers and sisters but those with the greatest needs require the greatest response. (US Catholic Bishops, "A Century of Social Teaching")
Where are some examples in the Bible to help the poor?
Luke 6:20 "Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours"
Luke 6:21 "Blessed are you who are hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh."
Luke 6:24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation"
Luke 18:24 "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God"
Luke 4:18 "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free..."
MT5:42 "Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn back on one who wants to borrow"
If you say that we should give preferential treatment for the poor are you not discriminating others?
We are in a covenant with a God who prefers works of mercy over sacrifice. The preferential option for the poor is not a call to prefer the poor exclusive of all others nor is it an option for a class struggle. The poor are victims of an injustice. Putting the needs of the poor first is not discriminatory but rather it is an act of justice, of righting a wrong
There are basic standards in life that all should be able to attain, especially when others have surplus. To have more than you need while others have less than what is necessary to survive, and not sharing what you have is unthinkable, especially when you consider that everything that one has is from god in the first place and it is being withheld from some of God's children.........