Along with much agreement in the comments, I got a little push back from a Christian author on my It Really Isn’t Funny post – a post prompted by Ed Stetzer’s humorous and revealing pics from the International Christian Retail Show.
The author wanted to set me straight on my numbers using the CBA’s most recent stats on what breakdown is on the $4.5 Billion Christians spend at Christian Retailers (2006 numbers). Of course, I had to refer to this Disraeli quote in my response further proving that I am not a nice person. I also pointed to the fact that multi-nationals control much of the “Christian” music industry and book publishing industry. (I also pointed to my Retail Aversion Therapy post from my time in the UK this past spring.) Then I said this,
To put the $4.5 Billion in perspective, it’s estimated that it would cost 10 Billion USDollars to solve the water crisis problem in the developing world. Cutting our purchases in half in “Christian Retail” – whether Jesus Junk or otherwise – and using that money for water projects would solve the problem in five years.
If we Western Christians chose to live simpler lives rather than just cutting back on our “Christian” purchases – and used that money for Kingdom purposes in the developing world, we could probably cut that time by 2/3rds.
Let me be blunt. When we stand before our Saviour, he isn’t going to quiz on the latest and greatest books by Christian authors we’ve read, (NT Wright or otherwise) – or the Contemporary Christian Music we’ve listened to to assuage our souls – or even the wondrous edifices we’ve built in his name. He’s going to ask us “when I was hungry, did you feed me, when I was thirsty, did you give me something to drink, when I was alone did you invite me in, when I needed covering did you clothe me, when I was in prison, did you come to me?“
I am skewered by these words as much or more than anyone else. And a change has to happen in my life – and I would hope – in the lives of my brothers and sisters in the West. (Here’s a ridiculous thought. Perhaps we could stop all building of “Christian Worship Centres” in the west until such time as the water crisis is solved. )
Please watch this disturbing viral video below from World Vision UK. [via BB] Fellow bloggers, please embed it on your sites. Then let’s all visit this site, Living Water International. Let us waste our resources extravagantly on providing clean water in Jesus’ Name to the 1.1 Billion who don’t YET have access to it. It is the least we can do.