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Christian attitudes towards the distrubution of wealth in the world.

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Christian attitudes towards the distrubution of wealth in the world It is a fact that the world's resources and wealth is unequally distributed. The rich north has 85% of the world's wealth, yet the poor South has three quarters of the world's population. These developing countries in the South need more money to improve the lives of their people, because this inequality is resulting in major problems, for example; One fifth of developing countries' people suffer from hunger. This is not because they do not have enough food to grow, as there is enough food to feed the whole world, but that they are exporting most of their food, at cheap prices in order for them to support their families and pay off their debts. However, in the United States of America, one third of all Americans are overweight. People in the South are being exploited by people in the North because of the inequality in the world. In the fashion industry, for example in the factories in Bangladesh, girls as young as twelve are working sometimes as much as 24 hours a day in the most horrendous conditions. They stand all day in stuffy and cramped rooms, at machines which are seriously dangerous, (and of course they are not aware of that) ...read more.

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In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) the rich man fails to help the beggar, so he was punished in his second life because he ignored a person in need. This is why Christians should not rely just on material possessions. Jesus told his disciples to be totally dependant on God, and not to make money their top priority, but God. Sometimes money can become an obstacle, and it makes people too greedy. Christians are warned about greed in Jesus' teachings, " watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because a man's life is not made up of the things he owns, no matter how rich he is" Many people in the North of the world have become too greedy, however much they have, and they want more, so they exploit the people in the developing countries. The people in the developing countries suffer through our greed. Christians are taught through the story of Barnabas and the Community life of the Church (Acts 4:32-37) to be more like the early Christians and share their wealth and possessions, because then there will be no more poverty and hunger, because everyone has enough. This teaching can apply to today, if we give a little of our wealth and time to the people in the developing countries, then maybe they can have a better chance of a life. ...read more.

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Christians don't have to become an aid worker to help people in developing countries. Any sort of help no matter how small it is is better than nothing. Many people write to manufactures making them aware that we know what they are doing, and they also ask for better and safer working conditions for the girls. Public pressure would soon make these companies do something about it, and it has already worked. All we need to do is put some effort into helping these people. A little bit of our time will really be appreciated by those less fortunate than us. Even the earliest Christian teachings tell us to help the poor. No Christians should be against helping those suffering, especially because of our greed. A Christian should be willing to help anyone, we are all made in God's image, and therefore we should all work together to fight for equality in the world. It may never happen, for it could be too late, but we can at least stop the suffering of these people. Many in the North may feel that the poor are a burden, that the poor are too lazy, and that the people in the North work harder than those in developing countries, but do they really? One must always remember that there will always be the poor, but without the poor, there wouldn't be the rich. ...read more.

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