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“how dare you defraud the Lord?

“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?”
John Wesley

The founder of Methodism was plain spoken. No one ever was confused about where Wesley stood on an issue. And from his earliest ministry Wesley stood alongside those whom Jesus identified as the “least of these,” the poor, the hungry, the widow and orphan, the stranger, the one in prison.

And John Wesley never shied away from talking about money, either. These words, first uttered in the 18th century, need to be taken to heart by all of us who call ourselves Christians today.

Our stewardship of the bountiful resources entrusted to us is critical to the depth of our discipleship. The acquisition and hording of great wealth is morally indefensible. Hording more, spending more for other than necessities in a world where 25,000 of our family die every day from hunger can not be justified.

Wesley is right. How dare we defraud our Lord by applying His gifts for any other purpose than feed those who are starving?

World AIDS Day

Today is World Aids Day. HIV/AIDS is always linked to hunger and malnutrition.

In many countries in Africa the death toll from HIV/AIDS has left millions of orphans that struggle daily  to find sufficient food.  At the same time food production suffers from lack of productive workers.

Those suffering from HIV/Aids cannot take antiretroviral medicine with sufficient food,even if it is available. The medicine must be taken with food. Ending hunger will help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

I learned another fact about HIV/AIDS and hunger this morning:

Malnourished people living with HIV are two to six times more likely to die when starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) compared to people with optimal nutritional status.” –  Ertharin Cousin, Director of WFP