Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Thing I Was Eager To Do

"...and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do." Galatians 2.9-10
"So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6.10

At the EU Public Meeting today (which have been excellent over the past few weeks - make sure you download Rowan's Isaiah series) the following figures were mentioned:

  • 13% of Christians live in absolute poverty. That equates to over 200 million people living on less than $90US a year.
  • Christians receive 50% of the worlds annual income, but spend over 90% of it on themselves.
Whilst you chew over those figures, let me remind that back in September I briefly pondered about Paul's collection for the Jerusalem saints and mission. Church unity is highly important to Paul. He went to great lengths to preserve it; even collecting money from churches around the Mediterranean was designed to represent the unity of the church under Christ. So maybe today the church in the west could in a very practical way display its unity with the church universal by releasing 200 million brothers and sisters from debt.


tim smartt said...

nice post Matt. Very challenging stats.

Mike Bull said...

If only we could get Paul to oversee it.