I just found out from my friend Andy that today is Blog Action Day 2008. The subject is Poverty. I’m getting a late start, but I’m still going to participate and post at least one article on poverty today.
It’s appropriate that the problem of poverty is being addressed in an election year. Conservative Christians often focus their thoughts and actions on ending abortion or strengthening traditional marriage, and completely ignore devastating poverty.
We ignore the crushing need of others to our own detriment. “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13)
We need to learn to be concerned about everything that God is concerned about.
Evangelical leaders should work to ensure that their flocks understand that God’s “issue set” is much broader than just a few hot topics. Without neglecting big issues like abortion and marriage, Christians should be creative and diligent in addressing a wide range of problems. Considering the Biblical emphasis on poverty and oppression, these issues should also be at the forefront of our political thinking. (Read the rest.)
I do believe, with many others, that abortion is the most pressing moral issue facing our society. I’ll write more about that some time before the election. However, I agree with the thrust of this article. It is a tragedy that so many Christians ignore this crucial issue.
It would be a mistake, though, to make poverty nothing more than another political issue. Every one of us need to find some way to get personally involved in caring for the poor.
“He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” (22:9) That’s personal involvement. He gives some of his food to the poor. Brothers and sisters, get involved.