I am celebrating the Fourth this year while in London. I’ve been away from the US a number of times on the Fourth of July, and I am always struck by the influence our independence and love of freedom has made on the rest of the world.
This year, however, I think it is a good day to ponder how we are now squandering the sacrifices of so many who gave their all that we could be an example of all that is good and right. I truly love my country. Yet, I have never feared for her as I do today. We stand by in abject silence as the true values of our great nation are being extinguished one by one.
The poor and the hungry do not need our charity. They need, and they deserve, justice. Every hungry person, every poor person we meet offers us the opportunity to reflect the love of Christ.
We live in a world that has grown much colder and much darker. Reaching our in mercy and compassion to the poor shines the light of hope for our society. The “least of these among us” offer us redemption. All we have to do is take it.
These moving words by Dr. King are timely as we approach a time of massive transition and change in our country. We are called to love one another and to seek justice for all. We cannot allow fear of any measure to keep us from speaking the truth and acting on behalf of those who need our help.
As people of faith we need to be a beacon of hope to all those around us that are being told and being shown that many in our society do not value them, and even hate them. We are also called to love those so fearful that they allow their anger and hatred to lead them to verbal abuse and violence against others.
Jesus calls us to be agents of reconciliation. That means we must care enough to get in the middle and show a more excellent way. We must have the courage to act. We have to demonstrate that peace is possible. The answer isn’t fear, but love.
Working together we can end hunger and poverty. We can achieve a world where community is real and everyone has the opportunity to thrive, not just survive. Working together we can achieve a world of justice.
What do you think? Do you agree? Are you one of us?
What great advice for all of us. We have the power to change the world by simply taking advantage of those tiny and seemingly insignificant opportunities to do the right thing in the right way. Motivated by love, we can end hunger in our lifetime, but we can also do so much more, as well.
I often talk about the need for a global movement of people committed to a world without hunger. I continue to talk about it because I truly feel that is what is required to end this unnecessary evil. Thousands of our brothers and sisters die daily from lack of sufficient food when we all know there is enough for all. No one on this perfectly created planet needs to go to bed hungry, much less suffer a lifetime of want and malnutrition.
Good will, compassion and charity are all nice, but none of these are sufficient to end hunger. We will never see an end to hunger until those of us who are not hungry understand the glorious opportunity we have to change the world forever. We have the power to end hunger in our lifetime. We just need to develop the moral will to make it happen.
We need a global movement willing to challenge outdated and immoral systems and philosophies that hold millions in poverty. We need an international force for good that defies the accepted norms of our egocentric and consumer-oriented society. We need a global movement that is willing to stand up and speak out for those too weak and powerless to do it for themselves.
My wife sent me a wonderful quote last night that might just become my new mantra. It is is a perfect starting point for a global movement to end hunger in our lifetime. How do we create a world without hunger? The answer begins here:
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. It is now time to change the things I cannot accept.”
I do not accept we have to live in a world where 25,000 of my family die every single day from hunger when there is more than enough food for all. I believe it is time to change that. I want a world without hunger. What about you?