Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. In fact, some in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. Faced with the reality of global poverty, a very important question might arise: Can we do something about this? Compassion Conference speaker Ron Sider challenges the Church to get their hands dirty in the fight against poverty, even if it may cost us along the way. Here is an excerpt from his book “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity.”
Living differently – doing all God wants us to do to change structural injustice – by no means involves trying to do everything. We each have our own unique gifts and calling. God wants many of us to fast and pray about social sin. Most should study, and many should write and speak out. Some should join and support organizations promoting social justice. Others should run for political office. All of us should ask how changes in our personal lifestyle could help model a better world. But God does not want anyone to feel guilty for not doing everything – or for taking time off for relaxation and recreation. Everyone should prayerfully ask God what limited, specific things God wants him or her to concentrate on. It was God, after all, who made us finite with only twenty-four hours each day. Being called to do all God wants us to do to correct social sin is not a heavy burden. It is an invitation to joy and meaning in life, an occasion for blessing our neighbors, and a wondrous opportunity to be a co-worker with the Lord of history.
Will you accept the invitation to be a co-worker with the Lord of history? Remember, you are not in this alone. Come to Compassion Conference where we will learn together what it means to live in the margins of our communities. To quote Ron Sider: “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something, and together we can the change world.”