I read a blog entry today that made me think. The title was "On Mud Pies and Chewing Gum". From what I can tell, the author of the blog was from a liberal, feminist background. I clicked on the link in the midst of reading another article. Her point is valid, and something we need to consider as believers. Her basic point was, why do we have children in the world eating mud pies at the same time we have a candy company buying out a gum company for $23 billion (yes, billion) dollars? She says, "it’s kind of sickening, people spending billions on such crap that they
don’t need to consume at all, while people are dying of starvation and
I can’t help but agree. I am guilty as charged that my snack attacks waste money and food that can be used to help be a part, allbeit small, of helping hungry people have a basic meal.
What are we willing to do without so others may have? Sacrificing in that manner seemed to be the model of the New Testament church.
"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" (Acts 4:32, NIV).
Imagine the resources that would be freed up if we simply did without one snack item a day and committed the money to feeding the poor. Let’s see, the math is as follows..a dollar a day, times 365 days a year, equals 365 dollars a year per person. If each of the 8 million members that attend a Sunday service in my denomination (Southern Baptist) did that, the total amount would be 2,920,000,000. 2 BILLION, 920 MILLION dollars. It may not cure hunger, but it certainly would put a dent in it.
Just something to think the next time we eat that Mars bar…