An Equal Share?
Is the credit crunch a sign from God that we have been too preoccupied with our own greed and feathering our own nests for too long now?
"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need." Acts 4:32 - 35
I shall be reading the above in church on Sunday and as I prepared, it struck me quite forcibly how great the inequality in the world of today has become. The gap between the 'haves' and the 'have nots' has widened almost beyond repair. As we find ourselves in the grip of the 'Credit Crunch' worrying about how our economy will recover, it is easy to forget that a large percentage of the world don't even have clean water to drink, let alone food.
This is a man made problem. After all, despite the poor economy, there is enough to go round. It's a matter of greed is all. We are deluged in this day and age by celebrity. People's lives have become obsessed with what the 'A Listers' are doing, buying, eating, drinking and who they are doing it with. Celebrities are household names simply for promoting themselves; not necessarily for their achievements. Even those who have achieved renown through talent have risen far beyond fame and have been rocketed into celebrity super stardom, by virtue of how much money they have. The amount of money awarded to these "celebrities" is obscene. Most families in Britain are forced to live for two years on what a professional footballer can earn in a week. I don't blame the footballers for cashing in on their talent; it is just such a sad reflection on our society that we place more importance on sport than on our fellow man.
If we are to succeed as a human race we must accept that every person has an equal right to be a part of this world. Of course we want comfortable lives and nice things but how can we enjoy them knowing that our brothers and sisters are starving, homeless, sick and probably losing hope. How can we blithely ignore those who are losing hope? I do not ask that we pool all our resources and share equally, I accept that communism has failed; all I believe is that the gap can and must be made narrower. We can share. We must share, and sharing begins with love.
God loved the world so much that He sent his only Son to save us. If God can make the ultimate sacrifice through love, why can't we?