Social Justice

For some reason the topic of social justice has been heavy on my heart this week. I'm amazed how the Lord uses various avenues to reach out to us and teach us lessons. This week at work (I'm interning with the MU Center for Health Ethics this summer) we had a speaker come talk to us about social determinants of health. The data is staggering...while we focus on and spend billions on healthcare the topic of health is sadly neglected. Studies have shown that people (especially children) living in ghettos, of a lower socioeconomic status and lower education quality have a much lower health status than those who are more priviledged. It's astonishing that this happens to such a great degree here in America...and that we do little to help remedy the situation.

Sean and I are a little behind the times in movies due to our crazy schedules over the past year. Last night, though, we finally watched Slumdog Millionaire. Such a great movie! It's again disheartening to see the quality of life of people in disadvantaged areas, but is a poignant reminder of our great need for help from the Lord.

The verse from 1 John 3 comes to mind today. "...let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1John 3:18 We (myself included) pay a lot of 'lip-service' to the idea of helping the less fortunate, and maybe honestly feel that we need to help, but fail to take the action steps to make a difference. We aren't all called to missions or full time ministry, but we are all called as Believers to help those in need.

Here's where Sean and I are going to start:

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