Psalm 82:3-4 “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
I remember hearing once that there is more than enough wealth in the world for everyone’s needs to be met. And yet inequality is still a serious issue in our world to this day. Here are some familiar but shocking statistics from inequality.org;
“The world’s richest 1%, those with more than $1 million, own 45% of the world’s wealth. Adults with less than $10,000 in wealth make up 64% of the world’s population but hold less than 2% of global wealth. The world’s wealthiest individuals, those owning over $100,000 in assets, total less than 10% of the global population but own 84% of global wealth.”
When you sit down and try to visualise those facts it is mind blowing to think that in today’s global society there exists such gross inequality…where is the justice in that? The theme of challenging inequality and the injustice that causes it runs throughout the Bible, it was one of the main reasons Jesus was so despised by the ruling powers in his day because he called them out on the unjust system they had created which benefitted them at the expense of others. This is why as a school we support charities who seek to restore dignity and self-worth to those who have been let down by the system.
God of Justice, Thank you for the many places in the world where there is justice and equality. Yet there are still so many places where injustice and inequality are rife, and many people in our school community will still be faced with this harsh reality in their daily life. Help us to be a community where justice and equality live, where individuals will find a place to belong and grow. May we be a school community that reaches out to bless others with our experience, time, money and effort. Amen