Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

One in four Kentucky children live in poverty according to the latest report by Kentucky Youth Advocates. And nearly half of Kentucky's children live in low-income homes or 200 percent of the poverty level. So in an age of abundance and economic opportunity, why is this? Some point to the drug epidemic which has hit Kentucky hard. Some blame a poor economy and lack of opportunities. Both play a role. But an aspect of poverty that isn't talked about is the spiritual dimension. Disconnection with our Creator and the purpose he has for each of us is demoralizing. And this alienation from God undermines hope and meaning—which contributors to a poverty mindset. Now, we should care deeply about children trapped in poverty, but the first step out is rediscovering spiritual truths and reconnecting with the Creator who gives us both hope and meaning.