For most of my lifetime, world hunger has been decreasing. It has still been a serious issue, but many countries like China and India have been able to increase their food production at rates that exceeded their population growth.
The current global economic situation, however has reversed that trend. From Yahoo News: World hunger reaches 1 billion people mark.
What are we to do about it, as individuals and churches?
One small contribution on the individual level is to support a child through organizations like Compassion International or World Vision.
6 “Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
Isaiah 58:6-10 ESV (emphasis added)
Grace and Peace
2 thoughts on “Hunger increases”
I’m going to be preaching on a related concept in 1 John. There are areas of the Bible that make me squirm far too often. 1 John is one of those areas.
“14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. 16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
Having heard of forecasts of a fourth successive year of severe drought in southern Australian wheat areas, and of climates already having changed so much as to place Melbourne in the historic climate zone of Bourke, it is no wonder that world hunger in increasing.
What Australia’s government are reluctant to do, but what they should do, is accept that soon the arid zone will cover all of Victoria and southern New South Wales, and to, hopefully with money from the car and coal companies (who should pay if “polluter pays” is remotely applied), apply an exit clause for farmers in these regions and a reconversion to native flora suitable for projected climates (which unfortunately will not be historically native to the region but will undoubtedly be better suited to the soils than anything native to the extremely young soils of Europe).
The benefits for farmers on good land abroad will be considerable. For a start, their incomes might become large enough to survive on fewer or no subsidies, and the sustainable production might be able to be sold efficiently to areas which are starving.