Redistribution of wealth has not been taught or practiced in faith communities since the first couple of centuries following Jesus. Acts 4:32-36 is just one biblical example. There, followers of Jesus’ Way have all things in common. Special mention is made of Barnabas, a Jew from Cyprus, because he sold a piece of property and brought the proceeds to the apostles for redistribution.
The World Economic Forum has reported that during the pandemic “… net wealth of the top 1 percent richest households rose by nearly 35 percentage points, compared to a modest 5-percentage-point increase for households in the bottom 50 percent.”
Many people and corporations use their wealth and power to redistribute resources upward, in other words. toward them.
“It’s too late,” she said. That was an 8-year-old answering the question: “What do you want to do about climate change?” I am trying to imagine what it’s like to come of age in a world like today’s.
The climate disasters pile up. They are not abating. Is she right? Is it too late?
To be sure, “God is love.” It’s such a short phrase that a small child can learn it instantly. And it’s good theology, which is more than can be said for some short phrases learned in religious education…. Truth is, I learned the phrase much too early—before I could reflect on many of the profound meanings of this phrase. Before anyone could teach me that love is love, no matter the genders, nations, or species, and that where love is, God is there.
Key to all our actions to building a stronger OneEarth food system is being guided by the OneEarth Paradigm. Do our food decisions strengthen the OneEarth agriculture paradigm? The more times we can answer “Yes,” the more our actions are making a difference for Earth’s benefit and ours. Every time we need to answer “No,” we are reminded that we need to look for a different choice.