In Matthew 23 v 5 Jesus reminds us of the command, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’… but just who is our neighbour in the 21st Century?
Does he include that fisherman on a south pacific island whose home will be under the rising sea soon?
Or that young boy sold into slavery to pick cocoa to make chocolate for us?
Or the person who has had to flee their homeland and seek sanctuary in a strange land for fear of being brutally tortured and murdered?
Surely the answer to the question is yes to all of these?
Do we realise how the way we live our lives impacts on these people?
Do we care?
Isaiah 58 is another command we encourage ourselves and others to live by…
’…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’.
Ending extreme poverty in the world is something we should all be aiming for! And it is possible!