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Poverty Sucks

I’ve been thinking most of the day about my contribution to Blog Action Day.  But, try as I might, I cannot think of anything more profound than the title of this post.  I want poverty to end, particularly the extreme poverty that kills 25,000 persons a day.

I’ve tried to explain to my son, Tanner, who has a burden for this issue, that, indeed, enough food exists for everyone in the world.  The problem is getting it to the places that need it most.  That, to an 8-year-old, is almost incomprehensible.

To me, it’s just depressing.

But depression isn’t the answer.  Action is.  So I urge you to get involved, even make a donation.

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  • Sadly though ending poverty is completely unrealistic. An ideal. Jesus said, “The poor you will have with you always…” How would we know when ‘poverty ended” anyhow? How could that be measured? It is a task that is admirable yet un-doable. End it? Never. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to make an impact…

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  • tony arens

    Tony – this is great. Thanks! Brian, I agree that we’ll never end poverty, but there’s no reason that ANYONE on this planet should starve to death. That’s a disease that I think we can cure.

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  • Poverty Sucks all the damn time, no exceptions. As my friend Fr. Turk says, “Do we the Church need to do more? Always! Perhaps Gregory Boyd states it best in his book “The Myth of a Christian Nation” when he tells us that the day when the prostitutes and beggers and sinners and broken come banging on the doors of the church asking us to let them hang out with us as they used to hand put with Jesus, then we will be “church” as Jesus has called us to be. They obviously are not banging on the doors yet – however – we continue to work to be what Jesus called us to be.”