The faces of poverty are not limited by race, creed, gender, or color. The faces of poverty are not limited to geographical areas around the globe. The faces of poverty are not democrat, republican, independent, socialist, or communist. The faces of poverty are real...The faces of poverty ARE HUMAN.
Where are our priorities? Billions of dollars to bail out the greed of corporate America. Billions of dollars a month in an attempt to secure oil now sold to China. Millions of dollars a week spent to elect a president. How many of the world's homeless, the world's hungry, the world's sick could have been sheltered, fed, or healed with even one-tenth of the billions of dollars spent in just the last month? Yet, the world's homeless, hungry, and sick remain homeless, hungry, and sick. They care not that the stock market crashed or about the cost of Sarah Palin's makeover wardrobe. They care not about what happens on November 4, 2008. They ask: "Am I not human?" and they are answered "Out of sight...out of mind".
If the past several weeks should have taught us all, that the faces of poverty are real. The faces of poverty ARE HUMAN and our faces could very well be among them - Out of Sight and Out of Mind? Sojourners, through the teachings of our Lord, we are told to "be our brother's keeper" and to "feed his sheep". In obeying these teachings, we must remember to do so following the greatest commandment of all:
And one of the scribes came,...asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. The Gospel of Mark the 12th Chapter beginning with the 28th verse.
Sojourner's Place joins with other bloggers on the 27th day of each month in denunciation of human rights violations across the world, and particularly Darfur. As part of the Am I Not Human? campaign, information and tools are provided throughout the blogosphere to bring to the forefront the atrocities that continue to occur in our world.This Campaign continues until such time that measurable, sustained, and progression changes occur. Please go to Roots of Humanity, this Campaign's Virtual Headquarters for more information or you may email organizers at: Virtual Campaign headquarters can be found at: RootsofHumanity@gmail.com.
Obliged to you for hearing me,
and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...
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