The good thing about debunking Vallotton is his shockingly poor understanding of scripture. Proverbs 10:2 is contrasting wealth acquired illicitly versus always making sure we are righteous in our dealings. It has more to do with our eternal perspective of who we are in Christ than it has to do with "wealth." Proverbs 10:5 has to do with working hard and wisely. Still, Vallotton uses these as a jumping off point for his eight comparisons between his absurdly false beliefs that there are poverty and abundance mindsets. Let us reason through these:
1. Poverty lives for today, wealth leaves a legacy.
Let us just start with the obnoxious arrogance of these concepts. Kris was lucky or blessed enough to win the "where I was born" lottery yet he has zero compassion to understand true poverty. Poverty lives for today? This is being presented as a "mindset?" Yeah Kris, those poor people in third world countries just never think about the future. They are always so "poverty focused" by trying to figure out how to get their next meal. Is Vallotton seriously suggesting that poor families cannot leave legacies? Or is his point that the only legacy that matters is cold hard cash? Sometimes the legacy left by wealth is not positive either. To make sweeping generalizations like this is simply heartless and asinine.
2. Poverty finds a problem in every opportunity; while wealth finds an opportunity in every problem.
Yes those negative nellies pouring through the garbage for food just never seem to see all of the opportunities they have. Rich people however always deal with problems in such productive means. This is simply more shaming of the poor and beating of the sheep. He is also setting up a false dichotomy where rich people are to be admired and poor people have no intrinsic value. Most find that the faith in poorer Christians locales far surpasses the faith in America. Corrie Ten Boom is credited with saying, "You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have."
3. Poverty feels entitled, while wealth feels empowered.
This is simply disgusting. Poverty feels entitled? Says who? Entitled for what? To eat? To live? To have a shred of dignity before people like you come and take that too? Wealth feels empowered? Why wouldn't it? It is what is rewarded in this world. Who truly has the power though Kris? The entitled impoverished who still follow Jesus or the wealthy feel empowered by the standards of this world?
4. Poverty fears the future, while wealth makes history.