Our mission: To understand and live out Jesus’ vision for a just and loving world.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18
For a description of this project, see Exploring Life’s Questions: Starting a Dialogue.
Many thanks to our first participants, three of our church members who provided their thoughts and suggestions based on these questions:
What if we organized our society so that everyone has enough?
Let’s start with what this question means:
- Enough of what?
- And who is everyone?
- Why is this important to us?
You’ll find a summary of Part I of their answers below. (We have many more people to talk with, and we know that the answers will expand as we add more people.)
Enough of what?
When people don’t have enough of the basics, then it’s difficult (if not impossible) for them to work or to move beyond concerns about survival.
- Basic Physical Needs come first, for example: a reliable supply of food and clean water, safe and adequate housing, and sufficient healthcare.
- Other Basic Needs include safety, money, support for families, childcare, and access to transportation.
- Education or Training should enable you to take care of yourself, to develop a sense of self-reliance, to function as a citizen or employee, and to interact and work with others.
- Social Connections with, for example, family, friends, and colleagues enable us to function in a social world. They’re essential for our well-being. Love and participation in relationships, small groups, and society fit here.
- Environmental Security is fundamental. Everything is connected. In some parts of our planet, the environment is already under so much stress that people can’t survive.
And who is everyone?
For this question, the answer depends on where we focus.
One answer: Everyone, period.
- Citizens or not? Everyone.
- Here legally or illegally? Everyone.
- Contributing? That’s 99% of the people. So, everyone.
Another answer: We can consider our church, party, city, state, country, or the world. What’s realistic? If the scope is too broad, then this can be overwhelming.
- So, we can choose to focus on our neighbors first.
- And we ask again, “Who is everyone?” The answer comes back, “Our neighbor.”
Why is this important to us?
And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 RSV
Making sure that everyone has enough is not only humane, but it’s also the right thing to do. Plus, here are a few examples of benefits:
- People are more successful if they don’t fear for their survival. They become more creative when they don’t have to worry where their next meal is coming from.
- The whole society would be so much healthier in so many ways if people had enough. For example, with adequate healthcare, we would spend less, overall, on medical costs.
- We would also have less trouble with the pandemic, which would be, among other things, good for our national security.
- With a healthy society, business would do better, too.
Doing the morally right thing pays off in so many ways.
We have many more thoughts to share with you, including a wonderful list of Bible quotes and some early thoughts about how to ensure that everyone has enough. Please stay tuned for the next post.
We’d like to hear what you think! Contribute to this discussion by commenting below. If you want to widen the dialogue, talk about it with family members, friends in the community, or one of our Church’s small groups. Then, share your thoughts with all of us. You can also submit your ideas as part of this dialogue by sending them to us. We’re available if you need help with writing.
Many thanks to Keith Casto, Alan Cole, and Karen Winchester for sharing their thoughts. We have more on the way. Let’s keep exploring and looking for answers!
Social Media Ministry Team