January 14, 2003


My good friend and colleague Marilyn Friedmann was responsible for leading the time of Intercession at her church (Anglican) on Sunday. Here's a portion...

We pray for the hope of peace in our world.
We pray especially for the conflict in the Middle East and for all nations torn by war; for all victims of violence, injustice and hatred and for all those who harm and hurt.

I ask you to reflect and pray today for a more profound awareness and response to Global Responsibility, especially for the needs of African nations and for increased funding for the United Nations Global Fund, which will run out of money at the end of this month.

If the six billion people of the world were represented by a community of just one hundred people:

5 of them would be American Citizens; the other ninety-five would be citizens of all the other countries.

In Christ there is no East or West,
In Him no South or North,
But one great fellowship of love,
Throughout the whole wide earth.

The 5 Americans would possess 50% of all the wealth in the world; of the the other ninety-five, seventy-five would own virtually nothing.

The first commandment is this:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.

The five Americans would have fifteen times more material possessions than the other ninety-five put together.

And the second is this:
You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.

The five Americans would have seventy-two percent more than the average daily food requirement; two-thirds of the remainder would be below minimum food standards, and many of them would be on a starvation diet.

Then He will say to those at his left hand, "Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink... Truly I say to you, as you did not serve one of the least of these, you did not serve me. And they will go away into eternal punishment."

A Latin American Cardinal asks: "Do rich Christians know there are seven hundred million illiterates in the Third World, and two hundred million jobless, or that there are three hundred-ninety million near starvation and another one hundred-thirty million undernourished? The rich fail even to suspect the frustrations, resentments, hatred and finally violence engendered by the stark contrast between those who have so much and the have-nots, the increasing gap between the rich who get richer and the poor who get poorer."

And Jesus said to the rich young man, "There is still one thing you lack. Sell all you have and give the money to the poor. It will become treasure for you in Heaven, and come, follow me."

Marilyn told me this had a profound impact on the congregation. As the church, what do we do with this?

Posted by mike at January 14, 2003 06:18 PM


Nice post....I think you will agree with me that what the world really needs is to submit itself to Christ..

No amount of money given negates the depravity of man....if that was the case, the rich would be some of most rightgeous people on earth.

As an American we have a huge responsibility...but until Christ can change the heart....I don't see any real lasting change.

Posted by: Jeff Riley on January 15, 2003 10:45 AM

jeff, drop the sanctimonious bullshit and just serve.

Posted by: Yacov on January 17, 2003 02:52 PM
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