Whew! Who knew this topic would spark such a debate- I’m LOVIN’ IT! The conversation has definitely taken twists and turns that I hadn’t expected or even thought about. I also want to say that I really appreciate you guys respecting each other’s comments and thoughts. I definitely haven’t felt like people were under attack or being put down because of their opinions. So, bravo my peeps!!
I must say I’m relieved to see that most people tend to agree about the concept of “relative” poverty. REALLY RELIEVED. I did want to clarify one thing, though, because I find the discussion seems to be focused on the US for the most part. When I say global, I really mean global. When I say “global pot” I am literally meaning from those ridiculous kids on “The Hills” to the children living in the garbage dump in Tegucigalpa. Every nation, every city, every person. And, because of the lopsided distribution of wealth throughout the world I am eager to think of ways in which that can be changed. This is where I would like to invite us to go next in our discussion. How do we, in a world that is so broken, begin to bring about justice and change to ALL. How can we as individuals do little things each and every day to impact our communities, our cities, states, country and the world?
I really appreciate the comments on the issues in our country, because there are many, many, many. And, it’s much easier to point fingers and criticize a system in which we have much more control and choice. We act entitled because in many ways we are allowed to without consequence. Accountability…does that exist? But, let’s try to keep that on the back burner, or continue that discussion on the previous blog comment page. Sound good?
What we have to do, especially those of us who claim to follow Jesus, is to realize that we are accountable. Every penny, every resource we have is meant to be used for a purpose. What are our priorities? God is clear about his so why do we act like there’s a lot of gray area? (and by His priorities I mean caring for the poor, fighting for justice, and remembering the forgotten without preference or favoritism) Why do we live like giving and caring for those in need is an option when it clearly is not!?
So, let’s brainstorm together and not have this simply be a discussion. Tell me changes that you are making in your life. I have a few ideas I’m throwing around in my head and I’m planning on posting them in a couple of days. Think along with me, some concrete things you can do now to have an impact and help change lives.
Again, thanks for entering the discussion and joining the journey!