Came across some of this the other day, and decided to do a bit of looking myself, which I’ve added here as well.
Here are some stats to think about:
To solve the following problems WORLDWIDE, here is what it would take, in dollars, as of a few years ago:
-Basic education for all- $6 billion
-Water and sanitation for all- $9 billion
-Reproductive health for all women- $12 billion
(not speaking of abortions, but healthcare for pregnant women….1 in 3700 women are at risk of fatality during childbirth. In sub-Saharan Africa, that number is 1 in 16)
-Basic health and nutrition for all- $13 billion
TOTAL COST: $40 billion
Cost of the Iraq War, as of 3/1/09 – $600 billion
Cost of the TARP – $700 billion (or more)
TOTAL COST: $1.3 TRILLION
That is a problem.
And for good measure, Americans, on Black Friday 2008, spent $10.6 billion dollars buying “stuff”.
In a “recession”.
When people are jobless.
When we’re complaining about Wall Street fatcats and corporate tycoons on private jets.
THAT is a problem.
That day alone, Americans could have given the WORLD clean water and proper sanitation. Why don’t we think the Church in American couldn’t do that? Why doesn’t the Church do that?
The problem is that, by and large, the Church doesn’t think in those terms. We think in terms of programs, buildings, “bringing in the lost”, and worship services. We don’t need government to step in to solve these issues, WE need to step in to solve these issues.
And please, if you are a believer reading this, PLEASE don’t think of this as finger pointing, the blame game, or some rant about the degredation of the American Church. This should be a wake-up call to all of us, that while we alone can’t solve the problem, together, and with God’s help, we can fulfill the call He’s given all of us to do, which can most definitely make a difference.