SOMEONE once said that God gave us enough world resources for our needs, but not enough for our wants.
From a Christian point of view, it's inconceivable that God should make a world which was not able to support the mankind he made, yet there is still poverty and hunger, sickness, illiteracy and unnecessary death for 1,000 million people in 1980. It seems that however much we give to charity, there is still an ever-widening gap which breeds more poverty. The more money we pour in, the more hungry the gap. But is there a way of tackling the gap itself, instead of putting an Elastoplast across it? Digging wells for water, teaching farming and irrigation methods, and providing cottage industries are all very well, but often the old adage that the answer lies in
the soil" is insufficient.
An organisation called the World Development Movement (VVDM) believes that an "answer" may he found inure in the direction of the world trading and financial systems which are organised to suit rich nations like ours, without consideration for the interests of the poorer nations.
As WDM put it, "our God is a God of justice, Christians should therefore be concerned to change these systems in order to promote justice for the world's poor."
WDM believes that these needs require political solutions. "Avoiding this area is to give approval to the present unjust system, to ignore God's command that justice be done for the poor.
"It is vital to support organisations such as CAFOD, hut, that on its own is not enough. We must actively campaign for just structures in God's world," they say.
Vv DM believes that global resources can be freed by a simpler style of living, making wise use of what God has given. This, they say, is a way of identifying with the world's poor.
WDM organises activities, training and discussions, lobbies MPs, promotes development of the third World, and fair prices for commodites exported to the West from poor nations.
Their campaigns for world justice need the participation of the ordinary British public. in terms of activity, as well as finance. More information can be obtained from WDM, 26 Bedford Chambers, Covent Garden, London VvV2E 811A (Phone 01-836 3672).