interpreting the hungry

I found a powerful quote yesterday as I was spending a few quiet minutes browsing thorough some books I was unpacking. After rereading it a couple of times I realized that the writer had a grasp of a critical key to ending hungry in our lifetime.

We all know there are millions of our human family whose entire shortened lives are spent cowering in the shadow of hunger. What is, however, often missing is the understanding of that fact. Knowledge of millions going hungry is insufficient for action.

We need to interpret that knowledge. And as Dorothee Sölle points out, that is where religion plays a role. Each one of those millions of hungry is in reality one of our family…whom we are allowing to starve.

We are afraid of religion because it interprets rather than just observes. Religion does not just confirm that there are hungry people in the world; it interprets the hungry to be our brethren whom we allow to starve. – Dorothee Sölle