I am in San Diego this week attending a conference, doing some reading and resting. I took these 2 photos near my hotel. I am absolutely amazed at the wealth here (it's in Chicago too but I don't usually hang out in this kind of area there).
I am also amazed by the homeless population. Folks are everywhere!! I am reading a book that is page for page the book that has taken me longer to read than anything in my life. I have been carrying this thing around for at least 3 years and still not done. Mainly this is due to the fact it is over my head and secondarily to the fact that I am a painfully slow reader. (Just ask my wife!)
Anyway the book is called "Until Justice and Peace Embrace". Each chapter has brought serious challenge but the one I have read here is called "The Rich and Poor". The author concludes that it isn't that we don't know what to do about poverty but that we (the Christian church) refuse to do what must be done.
Walking around here I have to admit that from my perspective there is clearly enough money here to house, feed, clothe and care for the poor that are walking around here. Perhaps that's not the American way. But is it the way of Christ?
What would it take to actually do something about it? On the issue of "extreme world poverty" I highly recommend Jeffrey Sachs book "The End of Poverty". On local poverty I would suggest John Perkin's 3 R's are a good place to start (Reconciliation, Relocation, Redistribution). On personal level how about just taking Christ at his word?
Luke 6:30: Give to whoever begs from you.
Luke 14:2-3: 12Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,