Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
As Christians, we are challenged to consider this verse from Romans when we look at the world. With recent scientific advances and technological progress, the living conditions of many in the world have improved greatly. Yet poverty and hunger abound. According to the World Bank, one-quarter of the world’s population lives on less than $1 a day. About two-thirds of the world’s people live in abject poverty. Another one-fourth are middle class. Ten percent are wealthy. These 10 percent control 90 percent of the world’s resources, and U.S. citizens are among that 10 percent.
Even if you don’t feel particularly wealthy, reflect on your place of privilege in relation to the rest of the world. How does that position make you feel? What responsibilities does such privilege carry with it? What is the will of God for us?
This message is excerpted from “Called to a global perspective,” a 2002 Women of the ELCA resource, written by Cynthia E. Cowen.
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