“Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
America is still the richest country in the world. We can be thankful to God that He has blessed us with a country where most people have a place to live and food on their table. Even during a recession, with an uncertain future, we are not doing nearly as bad as other countries.
In fact, according to an article from ABC News:
- In 2005, the American government gave about 28 billion in foreign aid.
- In the same year, private Americans gave about 33 billion to other countries.
- Immigrants send about 62 billion to their families in other countries.
- A few years ago, the American government pledged 900 million in Tsunami aid, while the American public gave 2 billion for the cause.
That is awesome, and no country comes close to us in giving to other countries. The fact is that America is simply a generous country. We can be very proud of that fact, except for one thing.
People are still suffering.
With all of the money that we send to other countries to help, there are still children in other countries who go to bed hungry, who don’t have the proper clothing, who are not getting the education they need. The fact is that with all of the money we send, it simply is not enough.
It is easy for us to look at the statistics and say “we have done enough”. But that is not what the Bible tells us to do as Christians.
“If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.”
Throughout the Bible, they are many examples of how we are to treat the poor. The fact is that Jesus gave a commandment to love our neighbors as we love our God. As such, it is our responsibility to not turn a blind eye to the poor and needy in this world.
Here are some of the statistics from Compassion International:
- Children under age 18 make up nearly 48 percent of the population of the world’s least developed countries, compared with 21 percent of the population of the world’s industrialized nations.
- More than 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity and modern forms of energy.
- Over 1.4 billion people in the developing world live below the poverty line (U.S.$1.25 per day).
- More than 9 million children under age 5 die each year. Two-thirds of these deaths — more than 6 million every year — are preventable.
The bottom line is that our help is still needed. It does not matter that we already provide so much help. As Christians, we are called by our Savior to provide help for our neighbors, and it is obvious that more is needed.
How many times do you go to a restaurant and spend at least $40 or more? Do you know that $38 a month will feed, clothe and educate a poor child for a month? Do you know how many children have been saved from poverty by Compassion International in countries like Brazil, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and others? They are currently helping 1.2 million children, yet so many are still not being helped. It is Americans like ourselves that can mean everything to one of these children.
When you sponsor a child through Compassion International, you are not just sending money to an charity. The money you send is going directly to help a specific child. Your contribution will clothe that child, it will feed that child, and it will educate that child. They will teach the child about God. You will have the opportunity to write the child and influence their life directly. You can even visit the child if you choose. You will have the opportunity to pull that child out of poverty, and give them a chance they would never have had otherwise.
Will you make a commitment today?
- You Hungry? (ginzotalk.wordpress.com)
- Hollygood: Jeff Foxworthy, Country Duo The Roys Feel ‘Blessed’ to Help Impoverished Children (foxnews.com)
- The New Class War: Child poverty in U.S. nears 25 percent (dailykos.com)
- Economix: How to Cut Child Poverty in Half (economix.blogs.nytimes.com)
- De-sensitized – Who Is My Neighbor? (ctarneson.wordpress.com)
- Hello Field Owners! (compassiondave.wordpress.com)