Thursday, October 25, 2007
Today over a billion of our neighbors will wake up to abject poverty with not enough food, medicine or resources to maintain sustainable healthfulness. A billion of our neighbors will be living on less than $1 today. How will we embrace a greater life of simplicity so that our increased giving can afford these neighbors the opportunity to simply live?
What if each of the 159,000,000 proclaimed Christ followers, in America alone, decided to decrease their standard of living by $1 a day, starting today? Those billion starving people could increase their standard of living by roughly 13% with those shared resources. If the average American increased their standard of living by 13%, that would equal roughly $5,200 a year (average American income around $40,000/yr). That disparity is an injustice.
The biblical ethic of sharing and generosity has been lost on us. Do you remember why Sodom and Gomorrah were annihilated? No, it wasn't just because of the licentious living that took place; that was only half of it.
"Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen..." Ez 16:49-50
Oh that we would pray for simplicity and care for the poor among us today. May God grant us that grace.