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the truth hurts

Our military budget is larger than the next five countries combined. Am I the only one who considers that excessive?

What does that say about our priorities? Surely, the military budget could be cut 10-20% without the world as we know it coming to an end. Those savings could then be invested in education and upkeep for our aging infrastructure.

the bottom line is the bottom line

Priorities.

The bottom line is the bottom line. There is no moral justification for this obscene amount of money being wasted by the United States on military spending.

Our country puts more money into military spending and defense than the next five countries combined. The $30 billion annually needed to end hunger could be taken out of this bloated military spending budget, and would achieve more global security than another bomber or two.

Not only would reducing our military spending and ending hunger make the world a far safer place. It might even make us all a little more human. And in the end, that’s a far better bottom line.

 

a prayer to make poverty history

a prayer to make poverty history

By: Cardinal O’Brien

Lord of Life,
Open our eyes to make us:

Aware of the poverty suffered by others;
Aware of the immorality of allowing that suffering to take place;
Aware of our rights as citizens to be heard;
Aware of the men, women and children dying as we speak;
Aware that our solidarity gives us strength;
Aware that our leaders may turn a deaf ear but Almighty God hears our cry;
And aware that only together can we: Make Poverty History.

Give us the strength and determination to work towards solutions
and policy changes that can free our sisters and brothers
around the world from the chains of poverty.
Inspire us to challenge our leaders to make debt relief
and fighting poverty a priority,
and make our voices loud and clear.

Amen.

clear priorities

I understand we have to defend our country and protect all our good stuff…but wouldn’t you think that a nation with Christian values could at least make an honest effort at demonstrating the justice for all we so loudly proclaim?

Am I the only one who thinks we could lower our defense spending by $30 Billion or so, end world hunger, and still feel pretty confident we have all the security we need?

Priorities.

powerful doesn’t mean good good

How is this allowable in the richest, most affluent nation in the history of the world?

The United States spends more on our defense budget than the next five countries combined, but but we cannot insure that kids in our country go to bed with a full stomach. We should all be as angry as we are ashamed.

Am I the only one who feels we have our national priorities wrong?

We might be able to defend our borders and increase our military footprint around the globe, but it is obvious we cannot defend any claim to being moral, or to being just. Such claims are just as spurious as calling ourselves Christian.

There’s a big difference between being powerful and being good. It’s much like the difference between patriotism and faithfulness

it’s all about priorities

Do you wish to honour the body of Christ? Do not ignore him when he is naked. Do not pay him homage in the temple clad in silk, only then to neglect him outside where he is cold and ill-clad. He who said: “This is my body” is the same who said: “You saw me hungry and you gave me no food”, and “Whatever you did to the least of my brothers you did also to me”… What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices when your brother is dying of hunger? Start by satisfying his hunger and then with what is left you may adorn the altar as well.

This quote is another one from the Early Church Father, Saint John Chrysostom (349-407 AD). As I have shared in previous posts, Chrysostom was the Archbishop of Constantinople, and is best known for his preaching and public speaking as well as his clear denunciation of the abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders. This is the fourth post I have shared over the past week that  illustrates this saint’s deep concern for the poor and hungry.

In my first post on Chrysostom  I shared his statement that  feeding the hungry is greater and more powerful than working miracles. He was showing that walking along side the poor and hungry should be an integral part of authentic spirituality. This quote’s focus is on the wealth of a Church surrounded by poverty and hunger.

All I can say is Amen! or as my preacher friends down in North Carolina would say, “that will preacher, brother, that will preach.

A wealthy Church in a world of hunger and poverty is a guilty Church. Every child that dies from hungry is an indictment against a fat and prosperous Church. Every person that dies of hunger is a recrucifixion of Christ by those of us who claim to be his disciples but feed the organization rather than the hungry.

In the end, I guess it’s all about priorities…maybe it’s about loyalty…or maybe it’s about  faithfulness.  What do you think?

SHN’s Team Juggaar in Bangalore

Night before last we had the opportunity to gather all the wonderful folks who have been instrumental in helping open Stop Hunger Now India. It was a delightful evening of getting to know one another, sharing past successes, new ideas and plans for Stop Hunger Now’s future in India, and being inspired by the knowledge that by working together we can make a real difference on behalf of the hungry here in India.

Everyone of our friends in this photo is a leader in the fight to end hunger on our lifetime. Gandhi wisely remarked that action denotes priorities, and this group of leaders are clearly demonstrating their priority is to help end hunger in India.

Pictured (left to right) (front row) Sherin George, Anjani Kumar, Hatim Amreliwala, Hatim Dawasaz, (second row) Supria Dhanda, Mr. and Mrs. Nitesh Shah, Sripathi Nilkar, Naresh Mittal, Deepika Mittal, Archana Sahay, (third row) Andrew Sullivan, Srichand T. Rajpal, Allen Renquist, Amit Agarwalla, and yours truly.

Team Jugaarr

Sierra Leone pastors battling hunger as well as Ebola

Sierra Leone  is at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic epidemic ravaging West Africa.  The epidemic has already killed almost four thousand and has brought the country to a standstill.

Last week I received a call from the Reverend John Yambasu, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone. John and I have known each other for over twenty years, and when he calls I listen, not because he is a bishop, but because we are close friends and I know he is a man of great faithfulness.

John called with a plea for help. He needs food for the 200 United Methodist pastors and their families in Sierra Leone Conference. Could Stop Hunger Now help?

The need is both real and immediate. Ebola has caused the collapse of  Sierra Leone’s economy. People cannot work. Huge swaths of the country are under quarantine. That means far fewer people are attending worship services, and those that can attend have no money. Pastors are already starting to do without. They have no resources with which to purchase food.

Stop Hunger Now has already been responding the the Ebola epidemic. We have shipped over two million meals to various partners in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other West African countries. None of it, however, was specifically targeted to reach the United Methodist Church.

Now, UMCOR  (United Committee on Relief) has established two separate accounts for providing the critical aid need on both Sierra Leone and Liberia. Every dollar contributed goes directly to meet the need of those in the impacted areas. Please prayerfully consider helping and helping as generously as you are able. The fund for pastors salaries will enable them to purchase food for their families during this ongoing tragedy.

Here is the link on the UMCOR website:
http://www.umcor.org/umcor/donate/ebolaresponse  There is an Advance # for Sierra Leone and one for Liberia as well., two separate funds.
The link below is the donation page for pastors’ salaries in Sierra Leone
Gandhi wrote that “Action expresses priorities.”  My prayer is that our priorities would clearly demonstrate our love and care for our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Please help. Take action now.