November's Monthly Byte
social justice task force:
Campaigning for Australia Aid
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22
Australia is often referred to as the 'lucky country', and with good reason. As a nation we enjoy a high level of wealth, safety and resources. This is indeed a blessing from God. It is also an opportunity to love. Time and time again scripture reminds us that we are to use what we have been blessed with to 'love our neighbour'. That is why the Church campaigns for Australia Aid.
The world has made huge progress against extreme poverty in the last 25 years, child mortality and income poverty has more than halved! This year has also seen Australians achieve amazing results with the 'End Covid for All' campaign. Well done!
Yet, despite this progress . . .
- Every year, 6.3 million children still die under the age of five, mostly from preventable causes
- 21 million people are trapped in forced labour/slavery.
- About 800 million people still live in extreme poverty, and suffer from hunger
- 57 million children of primary school age are not in school
As Christians, these statistics should disturb us. We should be people that seek justice, that want to see the hungry fed and the oppressed set free. This means that while we should respond with personal generosity and compassion, we should also be willing to call on our nation to respond with justice. Giving their fair share in overseas aid is one way that nations do their bit to build a just world, and help pull down the barriers that hold people in poverty.
On this score, our Government hasn't been doing well. It's implementing the largest cuts to aid in the program's history, that will leave us being the least generous we have ever been when it comes to aid giving. We need to remind them and the nation that the Church is for justice, and that's why we are for Australian Aid.
Videos and Fact Sheets
To be used personally, in small groups, or in a service
VIDEO: A huge thankyou to Australia and our Government from Tim Costello of Micah Australia, and many faces you will know.
FIND OUT MORE: Champions of Australian Aid in Government >>>
STATISTICS: How does Australia compare globally? >>>
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