It’s Our Job to End Physical and Spiritual Famine

“I’m starving to death!”

It’s 11:30 a.m. on a typical work day. I’m leaning over the side of my cubicle to complain to a co-worker. It’s been three hours since I’ve eaten breakfast, and I’m already anticipating lunch.

I whine as if I’m powerless to stop my stomach from growling. But in reality, I have no idea what it feels like to actually “starve to death.” I use the words to describe my impatience for the food that’s right around the corner waiting for me. But for countless people around the world, those words are all too real.

Countries like Haiti, Nigeria, Uganda, Syria, Iraq, Zambia and Zimbabwe are in the throes of a true hunger crisis. The main reasons? Crop failure, drought, violence, and extreme poverty.

It’s challenging to stop myself, close my eyes and step into the shoes of a woman living somewhere in Haiti who may be watching her child slowly waste away from malnutrition. It’s hard to imagine myself as a refugee in Syria who fled her home because of constant violence.

But even though I truly have no idea what it’s like to go to bed hungry, I’m still called to action. As Christians, we are commanded to look after the needs of others.

In Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus describes the day when we’ll all give an account of our actions — good and bad:

“[The King will say,] ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kelsey Campbell

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