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enough for us all…

We all want to help one another, Human beings are like that. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. Earth has enough for our need, but not for our greed.:

The new Health Care Bill passed by the House  yesterday is yet another example of how power corrupts and the greed of the wealthy knows no limits. Our nation sees less justice with each passing day for the poor, the marginalized, and the powerless.

Those of us who identify with the least of these among us, those of us who try to live lives modeled after the man of Nazareth, know that the answer to injustice is love. And the more radical that love, the more effective it is at ripping through the lies of those in power.

Now is the time for us to demonstrate faithfulness to the Gospel in everything we do and say. Now is when we must not be silent, but speak the truth to those whose disregard for justice threatens those who need it most.

getting enough

Desire Less:

How many of us have bought into the philosophy that the one with the most toys wins? Our entire society operates on the principle that our lives would be so much better, and that we as individuals would be more complete, if we could just get the next best thing.

We have been brainwashed into believing that we must buy more to live. We live to buy rather than buying to live. The issue I have with this lifestyle is that it isn’t Christian, and in a world of poverty and hunger, it is actually immoral.

If our spirituality actually informs our lifestyle we should be striving to live more simply. That’s what Chesterton is saying. Desiring less is the best way to have enough. By living more simply we make it possible for others to simply live.

Our world was created perfectly. There is enough resources to meet our needs, but there will never be enough to meet our greed.

ending hunger : 3 step plan

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Tennis great, Arthur Ashe, served up an ace with these words. I have preached the same manta for ending hunger for over 35 years.

Ending hunger in our lifetime can be accomplished. All it takes is for each of us to follow this simple 3 step plan.

We need to start right now, right where we are. We use whatever resources we have available, and do whatever we can on behalf of the poor and hungry. The results will be more powerful than any of use can imagine. We will see the day when hunger is just an ugly memory.

I live for that glorious day. Working together we can make it happen.

 

small acts of heroism

Ending hunger in our lifetime will transform the world. And it will happen by each of us simply doing what we can right where we are using the resources we have available.

Working together we are creating a global movement of heroes who care enough to do whatever is necessary to see that the hungry are fed and that justice is done for all our human family. Every word we speak, every action we take brings us closer to the day when hunger is just a memory.

Thank you for caring enough to act. Thank you for speaking out on behalf of the poor and the hungry. Thank you for helping change the world. You are a hero.

South Sudan at the breaking point

This piece by William Lambers is the latest story on the unfolding famine threat in South Sudan. Stop Hunger Now is urging all it’s friends and supporters to help raise awareness of this unfolding tragedy, and to support the relief efforts though the charity of your choice. Three million of our family at risk of starvation is simply not acceptable.

Oxfam warns about South Sudan crisis

The charity Oxfam is warning that South Sudan has reached a breaking point as conflict and a collapsed economy take their toll. A severe hunger crisis could threaten over 3 million people by June.

The war between the government and opposition forces has led to major food shortages. The already impoverished nation has been plunged deeper into despair.

Families are becoming increasingly desperate. Without a peace deal, things are likely to get worse. Emma Drew, Head of Humanitarian Programs for Oxfam in South Sudan, says,

What we’re seeing now is families that have spent the past year and a half living on the edge – many have exhausted their food stocks, been displaced from their homes, missed opportunities to plant and farm, and now the economy is showing the strain of a year and a half of conflict.”

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been leading the hunger response. The relief mission is one of the most dangerous in the world with the ongoing violence and lack of security. WFP reports three of its aid workers in South Sudan are missing. The three staff members were traveling to a food distribution on April 1st, but WFP has not been able to contact them since.

WFP has to move food around a conflict-torn country with poor roads. Airlifts are used to bring food to some areas. This is difficult and costly. The mission for South Sudan is already low on funding.

Oxfam is urging governments to step up funding for South Sudan. Most of all a peace deal must be achieved. The violence must stop and humanitarian workers must be allowed safe access. Until this happens, hunger will continue to escalate, leaving South Sudan at risk of famine.

“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?

ugly, soul-destroying and a degradation to us all

I have been trying to live more responsibly for almost 40 years. I have not been as successful in that quest as I would like. Yet, I know it’s a task to which we all need to more fully committed.

Our planet has a finite amount of resources. As a person of faith I need to be a good steward of those resources. That means using less of those resources whenever possible, always being less wasteful, and recognizing that our world is home to far more folks than those here in my country. That means I need to share what I so often take for granted.

A large part of my struggle to live more simply comes from being immersed in a society that seems to live to consume, rather than consume to live. Capitalism, Consumerism, and Wastefulness has become our new trinity.

The words of E.F. Shumacher come to mind.  Our current lifestyle of over-consumption and wastefulness is not only a peril to the peace of the world; it’s a peril to the survival of the world.

Name a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the well-being of  future generations; as long as you have not shown it to be “uneconomic” you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow and prosper.