DayBreaks for 07/11/12 – Plan A Is Our Responsibility
I recently returned from a trip to India where we spent our time during the day and evenings with many of the Dalit peoples of that country. If you don’t know who the Dalits are, they are the lowest of the low in Indian society. They aren’t even officially part of the caste system, but below it. For hundreds and hundreds of years, they have been told that they have no value other than cleaning up animal or human waste, hauling garbage, etc. They even believe, based on the Hindu religion, that they have no divine spark within them as those of the caste system do. They are poor – often desperately so. We visited the slums where some of them live in the cities of Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. But with 250 million Dalits, they are all over the country, not just in the cities.
What is our response to such poverty, injustice and oppression? It is easy for us to say the problem is too big for us to deal with. Or it is easy to say that organizations such as the Dalit Freedom Network and Operation Mobilization/India are handling it and taking care of it. It is easy, very easy, to turn a blind eye to those in need, to people who in far too frequent situations, are occupied with catching their food for dinner (not fish – but rats). If they fail to catch rats, they may go hungry. Such is the situation facing the “mushers”, the lowest of the Dalits. The word “mushar” means “rat eater.”
We might do well to listen to what Tony Hall, former US Ambassador for Humanitarian Issues, had to say about the global food crisis: “There’s over 2,500 verses in the Bible that deal with the issue of helping the poor, the sick, the hungry. God set it up that we are to address this issue and that he works through us. His Plan B? Well, I don’t know what Plan B is. Plan A is the way he set it up.”
There simply isn’t a Plan B. We are it – we are the plan!!! He intends this problem to be solved through us who have something to give and to share.
Let me challenge you (and myself) now: I understand that not one of us has the funding at our disposal to feed even the 250 million Dalit people in India, let alone all the hungry of the world. But if every Christian regularly and consistently gave a little, what a difference it would make! Here’s a suggestion for you: commit to give up one designer coffee a month, just one, and send that money to help feed the poor. Of course, if you can give more, I encourage you to do so. But nearly everyone can spare $5 a month. Give that $5 a month via automatic payment (otherwise you’ll forget!) to an organization that works to deliver food, clean water and protection to the needy of this world. There are many such wonderful, Christian groups you can choose from. You know many of their names. If you need some suggestions, email me. Or, if you prefer, you can support the work we do at I Am 2 Partners, Inc., committed to providing those necessities for the neediest children throughout the world. It’s easy…painless…and in giving to help feed the poor and hungry, remember this: you aren’t just feeding some faceless person, but according to Jesus, you are feeding Him in the process!
Here’s where you can give to I Am 2 Partners: http://www.iam2.org/donate. Others doing great work include Compassion International, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, the Dalit Freedom Network, Operation Mobilization and others. They are all worthy of your support.
Isaiah 58:6-11 (ESV) – “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. 11 And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
PRAYER: Break our hearts, Lord, teach us to be grateful for your blessings, and to engage fully with your plan to use us to bring relief to the hungry and needy! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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