Magazine article Anglican Journal

Justice for Our Children

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Justice for Our Children

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ON A train ride a few years ago, we sat next to a father and his two young children--a boy and a girl, both probably between five and eight years old. As the food and beverage cart came by, each time the father would buy a beer; each time his children would beg for food. "We're hungry, Daddy," they cried. We were grieved that each time he responded, "We don't have any money for food."

Recently, while thinking about how future generations will view us, this incident came to mind. For one, climate change will certainly cause a negative evaluation of our moral priorities in the eyes of our children and grandchildren. It is not, sadly. the only way our unsustainable lifestyle will cause worldwide problems in the future. The growing disparity between rich and poor also staggers toward a global reckoning.

When our way of life hits the wall, Christian churches will certainly have to answer some challenging questions. Some are already raised on a regular basis: more and more, we are asked why we have so little to say about climate change. But, hidden in this question is a deeper challenge that speaks about our behaviour before the present crisis. We are not only faced with issues regarding our present inertia--we must face our complicity in the creation of this system. …

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