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(RNS) Observant Christians are concerned about global extreme poverty but skeptical that it can be ended in the next 25 years.


  1. Edward Borges-Silva

    Jesus said, ‘The poor you always have with you,’ so it seems unlikely that poverty will ever be totally eradicated, but this does not relieve us of the responsibility, as we are able, of providing for those with less means. Responsibility and response are unfortunately two different things.

  2. It’s not simply a matter of giving more. Unfortunately, as long as keeping an ethnic/religious/political group impoverished is used as a weapon by unscrupulous political leaders to subvert or quash their opposition, we will always have poverty (and hunger and diseases) with us. Until human sinfulness is overcome, broken humans will do despicable things to other humans.