Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no (ANALYSIS)

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Church volunteers hand out free meals at a homeless tent city in Sacramento, California on March 15, 2009. Sacramento's tent city has seen an increase in population as unemployment numbers grow in the US. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/ Max Whittaker
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-LUPFER-COLUMN, originally transmitted on May 21, 2015.

Church volunteers hand out free meals at a homeless tent city in Sacramento, California on March 15, 2009. Sacramento's tent city has seen an increase in population as unemployment numbers grow in the US. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/ Max Whittaker *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-LUPFER-COLUMN, originally transmitted on May 21, 2015.

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WASHINGTON (RNS) Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor. Surely comfortable churchgoers must do more than say, “Be more like me.”