Are we rich if we don't feed the poor?
The October 02, 2006 edition of the Christian Science Monitor asked the question, "Are we rich if we don't feed the poor?" The story contained these sobering statistics:
The prophet Isaiah had this to say about hunger and the poor (Isaiah 58:6-7):
Last year, more than 1,200 New York soup kitchens and food pantries distributed about 67 million pounds of food to the city's poor and sometimes hungry. That's up 50 percent in five years.
Meanwhile, the average chief executive officer at a large American firm last year got 411 times an average US worker's pay, up from 107 times in 1990.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?So much for those who claim that the United States is a Christian nation. I have a feeling that they don't spend much time reading Isaiah...