Pastor’s Friday Comments (10.11.19)

Next Wednesday, October 16, during our Bible study and prayer time, we will be writing brief letters to our elected national representatives, urging Congress to accelerate progress on global nutrition, to address the root causes of migration, or to reform the criminal justice system — all critical to ending hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad.

This effort is led by “Bread for the World,” a non-profit organization whose mission statement is “Have faith. End hunger.” If you can’t be there Wednesday and would like to join us in this effort, you can find sample letters at bread.org/sunday. If you need to know the addresses of your Congressman or Senator, you can find it here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative for members of the House and here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contacting.htm for members of the Senate.

This is in no way a partisan political effort. If there is an elected official at any level who is opposed to doing whatever we can to end hunger in our world, they don’t deserve your vote or your continued support. This is, however, a spiritual issue. We are called by Christ to feed the hungry.

In a commentary on the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand (which is included in all four Gospels), Rev. Teresa Hord Owens wrote,

Jesus invited the people to imagine what it might look like in a society where all gave and all shared in God’s abundance.

What could our world be like if we allowed Jesus to not only bless our resources, but also to bless and guide the means of distribution of the world’s resources? What if we were willing to give of what we had so there might be enough — even abundance — for all? Not wealth for all, but enough for all:
food on the table, clothes in the closet, safe and affordable housing, healthcare, accessible education, safety on our streets and in neighborhoods.

During the worship service on October 20 we will place our letters in the offering plates along with our tithes and financial offerings. Let’s not let that be the end of it. Let’s commit ourselves to becoming more informed on all these issues, to be generous in our own giving to causes that seek to eliminate hunger and poverty, and to hold our elected officials accountable for how they vote. No one can do everything. But all of us can do something. Do what you can.