06 January, 2012

Small Changes - Big Difference

Marget Starbuck over at Red Letter Christian put out this list that really hit home to me. One of the things we try to do at LTHF is show how advocacy doesn't need to be something big, but can be something simple and yet will have a profound impact. And sometimes the best advocacy is that which affects us most of all.

Take some time and think over what Starbuck is trying to get at. It can be the simplest thing in the world that we often over look that can change everything.

Ten ways the gospel that is—obviously—good news for the poor is actually also good news for those of us who are affluent….
  1. When the rich eat less extraneous food and get healthier, faithfully stewarding our excess resources—to Blood:Water Mission—the poor eat enough and get healthier
  2. When the rich skip an episode of Desperate Housewives, besides gaining an extra hour of life, the typically-induced envy and greed that ensue—the kinds that impact the lives of the poor who make our stuff—is squelched. 
  3. When those of us who are affluent limit our requisite shopping errands to one day a week, we’re liberated from the exhausting obsessive consumption that drives us and we consume less of the resources which impact the lives of the poor.
  4. When the rich take a refreshing Sabbath from facebook, we get an opportunity to connect with the ones God loves on the margins who aren’t on facebook.
  5. When the rich make the time-consuming effort to get off of the catalogue mailing lists that jam our mailboxes, and overwhelm us before we even step in the door after work, fewer forests are stripped in developing countries.
  6. When the rich knock out all of our birthday-gift shopping at one convenient Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade location, the poor earn a living wage.
  7. Similarly, when the rich do our Christmas gift shopping by donating goats and chickens through World Vision, the poor gain a viable livelihood.  (Totally convenient, too, right?)
  8. When the rich exercise the ridiculously convenient practice of either fasting or sharing a simple weekly meal of rice and beans to remember the poor—using our weekly savings to sponsor a child through Compassion International—children are released from poverty in Jesus’ name.
  9. When the rich decide to forgo traveling sports leagues for six-year-olds, the poor (and rich) are less likely to suffer from our pollution and the ones who live near us are more likely to find us playing in our yards.
  10. When the affluent decide to kick our pricey oral addictions to tasty food and drink we don’t really need, resources are freed up to keep some protein-rich peanut butter in the car to share with those we meet who are in need.