Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky has a high percentage of its kids living in poverty. In fact, it's close to 25 percent according to Kentucky Youth Advocates. 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 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. Alienation from God undermines hope and meaning—which contribute 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 hope and meaning.