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Consumerism: It’s not about the poor

*This is the third in my series looking at why consumerism is an issue for Christians – intro, part 1* The words ‘remember the poor’ ring loud in the Bible (Gal 2:10) and in recent years have had plenty of resonance in the movement of churches I belong to. The Lausanne Paper: An Evangelical Commitment to Simple Life-style which is stirring me greatly at the moment says, “We are shocked by the poverty of millions, and disturbed by the injustices which cause it.” One quarter of the world’s population enjoys…

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Social Injustice kills

Watching the news is always instructive, this story from ITV shows how poverty reduces your lifespan (in two parts of Glasgow not more than 8 miles apart the life expectancy in men differs by a massive 28 years) but also between nations – if you live in Lesotho your life will be 43 years shorter than if you were born in Japan. This reveals injustice, the poor once again on the sharp end. But of course the fact is, the rich die too it just takes them longer to get…

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Black Gold

Last night I finally got round to watching Black Gold and if you drink coffee you must watch this film. I mentioned it back here where you can watch the trailer. The whole Fair Trade concept is not new but I personally struggle to conceive how any Christian worthy of the name could drink tea or coffee that is not fair trade. Hopefully someone will show them this film and change what they buy forever. There is no excuse any longer on grounds of taste, as the film adequately showed, fair trade…

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Book Review: Holy Discontent

Holy Discontent is not a complicated book, it’s not a deep book. I’m not 100% convinced there’s enough here for a book but you can’t fault Hybels for passion. Whatever he does it seems he gives it 100%. This IS a book about frustration, frustration with injustice, racism, poverty, disease, suffering (or indeed whatever) and then beating apathy and getting something done. You don’t need to have ever met the man (which I haven’t) to know that Bill Hybels is an activist by nature and personality. I am too, so…

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Black Gold

For many people who care about issues of injustice in the world and how this connects with lifestyle, long ago settled the issue of what sort of coffee to buy. The only allowable answer is Fair trade coffee. However despite the remarkable growth of fair trade coffee (and other products) the debate is not yet won and many more need convincing. Black Gold seeks to add another weapon to the arsenal and so if you can see it. It’s not out in Shrewsbury until July but I’ll try and get…

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