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Christian Response To Third World Poverty And Injustice

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Christian Response to Third World Poverty and Injustice

b) Every disciple, every authentic Christian, must be on the road: not
yet arrived or perfect, but moving, striving, falling and restarting
in hope, and this ethos applies to the tackling of Third World poverty
and injustice. Over one billion people are living in poverty today.The
gap between rich and poor is getting wider. All over the world,
disparities between rich and poor, even in the wealthiest of nations
is rising sharply. Fewer people are becoming increasingly 'successful'
and wealthy while a disproportionately larger population are also
becoming even poorer. The developed nations, by systematic spoliation
of the non-renewable resources of the world, are also destroying the
ecosystem.

Around the world, inequality is increasing, while the rest of the
world is further globalising. In many cases, political interests have
led to a diversion of available resources from domestic needs to
western markets. Historically, politics and power play by the elite
leaders and rulers has meant that people and their land can be
controlled, which has further increased poverty and dependency. These
have often manifested themselves in wars, hot and cold, which are
mainly trade and resource-related. Those mercantile practices still
happen today. Even the wealthiest nation has the largest gap between
rich and poor compared to other developed nations. Poverty is
therefore not just an economic issue, it is an issue of political
economics.

In the Gospel according to St Matthew, Jesus spoke,"You cannot be the
slave both of God and of money" [Matthew 6:24] True, intelligent
Christians will understand this to mean that having a rich fortune is
not to your benefit if you wish to succeed with God. This statement
should provoke Christians to use their riches to aid others, the
people who have nothing. Organisations such as Christian Aid and Cafod
are seen as ways for Christians to help fellow followers by dedicating
a little money to help less fortunate people. This money echoes the
saying of "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself"-Matthew 19:19.What
exactly does this mean? By the word neighbour, we are to understand
any person who is near us. The Samaritan, when he saw the wounded man
on the road to Jericho, felt that he was in his neighbourhood, and
that therefore he was his neighbour, and he was bound to love him.
Love thy neighbour was, in part, Jesus' answer when the Pharisees, the
chief religious sect of that day, asked Him about the greatest
commandment in the Law. These religious leaders had made almost an art
form of classifying all the various laws and giving them relative
degrees of importance, so in asking Jesus this question, their aim was
to test Him. His answer stunned them: Love the Lord your God with all
your heart and...

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