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For me and my wife, this was an eye-opener to the incredible amount of death from starvation - especially for children and infants. I would be a liar if I did not say that we were convicted about how much of our income goes to this and that when, with some adjustments, we could alleviate a great deal of suffering for a great many people in the arena of hunger. Truth be told, I don't look nearly as lustfully at foreign car commercials "products that I deserve" like I used to. Though I believe in an incredibly gracious and forgiving God, I do believe the Western Church (and me, as well) will be held accountable for our excesses while ten thousand subSaharan children starve to death every day.
Mr. Sider has done much valuable research and thoughtfully offered strategies for action. This book, extensively footnoted, provides many resources for advocacy for the poor. I recommend this book to every American. I would hesitate to elect him to government because he distrusts the free market, advocates trade unions and takes Global Warming seriously. The last six years have shown what chaos is caused when the servant reigns who bases policy on wishful thinking.
I pray that the Lord grants the US a government which can pursue such noble policies from a practical basis.
For myself, I will seriously investigate what I can do to relieve the suffering in the developing world. Thank you Mr. Sider for your passionate call to action.
When it comes to application Sider is a little less careful. He makes some big assumptions, such as the 'problem' of population growth. In addressing trade barriers, one of his major bugbears, he fails to address the important issues of national food or commodity security. If we implemented his suggestions, we would probably see a huge decline in farming in the Western world, which of course would put us in a very precarious position once the developing nations become developed and we have forgotten how to farm.
Nevertheless, on an individual level, Sider does a good job of critiquing Christian nonchalance towards the global poor, and suggests many good and challenging ways in which we can adopt a simpler lifestyle in order to give a greater witness to our neighbours.