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In the light of the Christian belief that it is morally correct to love one's neighbour, explain how might Christians today react practically to Third World poverty and injustice

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In the light of the Christian belief that it is morally correct to love one's neighbour, explain how might Christians today react practically to Third World poverty and injustice b) Every disciple, every authentic Christian, must be on the road: not yet arrived or perfect, but moving, striving, falling and restarting in hope, and this ethos applies to the tackling of Third World poverty and injustice. It may be difficult to solve, and difficult for a Christian to tackle, but with sufficient dedication, the problems in the Third World can be lessened. Over one billion people are living in poverty today. The gap between rich and poor is getting wider. All over the world, disparities between rich and poor, even in the wealthiest of nations is rising sharply. Fewer people are becoming increasingly 'successful' and wealthy while a disproportionately larger population are also becoming even poorer. The developed nations, by systematic spoliation of the non-renewable resources of the world, are also destroying the ecosystem. Around the world, inequality is increasing, while the rest of the world is further globalising. In many cases, political interests have led to a diversion of available resources from domestic needs to western markets. Historically, politics and power play by the elite leaders and rulers has meant that people and their land can be controlled, which has further increased poverty and dependency. These have often manifested themselves in wars, hot and cold, which are mainly trade and resource-related. ...read more.

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His sterling efforts through the charities "Band Aid" and "Live Aid" helped the poor and starving African people. He awakened the world to their plight. This truly is a contemporary example of the words of Jesus being acted upon. The Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers, see the problems caused by poverty, the abuse of human rights, the destruction of the natural environment and the exploration of both people and the earth as intrinsically linked. Their concern about poverty, the distribution of wealth and development stems from their shared belief that there is something of God in everyone. Christian Aid, an agency of the churches in the UK and Ireland, is campaigning to tackle the negative impact of international trade rules on the worlds poorest people. Christian Aid's purpose is to expose the scandal of poverty and to contribute to its eradication. They strive to be prophetic, challenging the systems and processes that work against the interests of people who are poor and marginalized. The Salvation Army teach to give all you can - that God has created the whole universe. Everything we have is given to us in trust. "Whatever our skin colour or background, we are one in our common humanity and one in Christ." What other charities are open to budding Christians? Christian Aid is a UK and Ireland based charity that funds projects in some of the world's poorest countries. It helps people to improve their own lives and to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. ...read more.

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"People who long to be rich are a prey to trial; they get trapped in all sorts of foolishness and harmful ambitions which plunge into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all evils ..." [Timothy 6: Verses 9-10]. This teaching from Jesus attempts to prevent Christians being driven by selfish greed and the need for extravagant lifestyles, and to instil the message of the riches of faith and goodwill to our fellow man. In conclusion, there is no question that Christians should respond positively to the statement that it is morally correct to Love One's Neighbour. For each Christian, they should "give" what they can in relation to their lifestyle; for instance depending on their economic situation, or amount of free time and number of family commitments. Whether it be giving a few pounds a month to various charities, or getting directly involved in groups such as Chrisitian aid, God will honour all those who dedicate a fraction of their lives to the poverty stricken. God does not expect a million mother Teresa's, but what he does desire is that every Christian makes some sort of contribution. These actions can either be active or passive, direct or subtle, for example designing posters supporting the Third World, or purchasing Fair Trade items. Perhaps a Christian could spend a part of life working in Africa, helping the poor and deprived, or rally supporters in local neighbourhoods. Whatever it is, everything revolves around the phrase, "every little helps", when it comes to caring for God's creation. ...read more.

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