I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality lately. It’s astonishing, really, to think about how much my children, growing up in middle class America, have in the way of food, possessions and opportunity compared to the children we met begging on the streets of Bangkok or playing in the mud in Cambodia. And, as a Christian, this inequity leaves me with so many questions-the most pressing of which is, “Why?” We are not special or superior-intellectually, morally, spiritually or otherwise. How did we win the geographical lottery so to speak so that we, by some strange marriage of luck, governance, history and country, get to live in a three bedroom, two bathroom house, for instance, while others have no hope of clean water, reliable shelter or a warm bed at night? Admittedly, I do not have any good answers to these questions, but I think we need to sit with that discomfort and be confronted with this vast injustice, especially as the ones with so much relative wealth compared to much of the world. Two recent photography projects brought home this inequity to me and I thought I’d share them. To prod you. To challenge you. To let this question settle in your soul: What are you doing with your vast resources and wealth to help bring justice to the poorest of the poor? And what more might you be called to do?
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Photos of children around the world with their most prized possessions:
Photos of one week of groceries around the world: