Friday, December 5, 2008

What's the grade?

In a world of plenty, a huge number go hungry. Hunger is more than just the result of food production and meeting demands. The causes of hunger are related to the causes of poverty. One of the major causes of hunger is poverty itself. There are various issues (war, famine, land rights and ownership, inefficient agricultural practices, poor crop yield) that people are unable to afford food and hence people go hungry.

At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world there are 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5) and 121 million children without education.

Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific.

With all this, Christians give to charities more than anyone else. People of faith give more than non-religious people and on average they volunteer more than others. Gifts to religious causes totaled $93.2 billion in 2005, almost 36 percent of all contributions.

The question is: Can Christians do more to help the poor? What grade would you give Christians for the work they do to help thee poor and why??

Is it a B-always room for improvement, C, D or F - not enough??


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