Social Justice and the Love of Money

Day 2 of 7 • This day’s reading


“Much Will Be Required”

We have been given much. Approximately 80 percent of the world lives on less than ten American dollars a day, so by comparison, most of us are part of the richest 1 percent in the world.

But it’s not just wealth. We have resources, access, and the privilege of vast opportunities. We live in a context where we can entertain, explore, and pray through career choices, options, entrepreneurial thoughts, and business ideas.

Yet I think our wealth of resources and opportunities lends itself to this theory that we may be part of the most overrated generation in human history—because we have access to so much data, info, resources, modes of communication… but we end up doing so little. We tweet, blog, talk, preach, retweet, share, like, and click incessantly.

While I’m not implying that the aforementioned things aren’t actions, what do these actions actually cost us? How are we sacrificing? In fact, recent research even indicates that people who demonstrate support for causes and organizations on social media, such as Facebook, actually do less in real life. They are less likely to donate their money or volunteer their time.

So, I ask again: How are we truly changing the world?

* What percentage of your energy, time, money goes into actions that take no personal sacrifice? What action(s) can you take this week to help others through tangible personal sacrifice?