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Well, friends. Today’s reading may have possibly made you feel worse than yesterday!
We ended yesterday’s reading with this:
So what are the problems of the poor?
Today Jen clearly spells out the problems and as she said, they are bad.
I read a book this spring titled, “The Hole in our Gospel” and it gave some of these same mind blowing statistics about our American way of life and how disproportionate it is compared with the rest of the world.
Don’t get me wrong, ALL of these statistics cause me to question everything about my life – but these stick out the most for me:
Together, the extreme poor (around 1 billion) and the poor (another 1.5 billion) make up roughly 40 percent of humanity.
Half the world lives on less than two dollars and fifty cents a day.
If you make thirty-five thousand dollars annually, you are in the top 4 percent. If you make fifty thousand dollars annually, the top 1 percent.
Someone dies of hunger every 3.6 seconds.
More slaves exist today than ever before in human history.
More than 143 million children in the developing world have been orphaned (equivalent to more than half the population of the United States).
Roughly 1 billion people in the world do not have suitable housing, and 100 million are entirely homeless.
We spend more annually on trash bags than nearly half the world spends on all goods combined.
Roughly forty million people (the equivalent of about seven Jewish Holocausts) die annually from starvation, disease, and malnutrition.
69 percent of US adults and 18 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.
I ask you humbly: can you see why when Americans say democracy, the world hears greed? What seems like basic freedom to us sounds like vast consumption to everyone else.
[all quotes above from Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker pgs 24-28]
Wow. Where do we even begin?
And then I think about how we have to beg people in our church to help serve at the homeless shelter???
We even beg for them to donate the food for us to take and serve. And they don’t.
Some do. But, people are HUNGRY. People are DYING. And we are arrogant, overfed and unconcerned:
He said, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49
I truly believe most people have turned a blind eye to the problems of the poor. Out of sight, out of mind. I know I have for too long. Until this year, I hadn’t taken a second thought to these types of things. I was more concerned with my four and no more. I thought my service to my church was plenty good. Just being real.
I’m ready for that to change.
Lord, don’t let a single day go by without me being concerned for those in need. Guide my thoughts, my spending, my time, my purpose – all to do what you have instructed us to do. Turn my world upside down and create a holy passion inside me and my family to be different. Let a revival begin in me and spill over into those around me – my family, my friends, my church, my work. Make me an influence that brings forth the needs and cause for concern. Place people in my path that I can help. Give me a boldness to help and a passion to bring others along with me to help too! Stir up a fire inside of me – don’t let the flames go out. Use me and everything that you have trusted me with to serve others. I still want to be uncomfortable, Lord.
How about you? What are you thinking about after reading this today? Honest, scary, real thoughts?
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