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This isn’t about our capability to change the world; it’s about our will to do so.
I’ve written on a number of these blogs about the plight of at-mortal-risk children. They do not choose to live as they do; all choices have been taken from them by poverty, by culture, by environment.
The challenge of changing the world is not about our capability: according to the Borgen Project, spending just $19 billion between now and 2015 could essentially eliminate global starvation and malnutrition; $12 billion per year over that same time period could provide education for every child on earth, and an additional $15 billion each year could provide universal access to clean water and sanitation. If Christians chose to give 10% of their income and churches chose to devote 60% of that increased giving to international needs, there would be $98.4 billion available for changing the context internationally and still an additional $32.8 billion for domestic missions.
The question is, do we have the will—or even the interest—to change the context? When they were asked “What would you do with an unexpected financial windfall?”, 31% of Protestant pastors said they would build, expand or update their church buildings and facilities. Only 7% said they would give more to foreign missions and evangelism.
I am not naive. I understand that throwing money at problems doesn’t always solve them. At the same time, excusing our greed by saying “money won’t fix it” is a canard.  And for the US church to sit on its hands when there is so much need is an absolute abdication of our moral obligation.
Are you ready to be a revolutionary?

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