How Could You Create Equality Today?

How Could You Create Equality Today?

Why them and not me, quickly becomes, why me, but not them?

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I have a brother who is 18 months older than me.

Growing up, it was always him and me.

I remember going shopping with our family when we were teenagers, and whenever I was bought something, he had to be bought something; and whenever he was bought something, I was bought something.

It even got to the point that when I went shopping with my Mum and came back with something, that my brother – as soon as he realised what had happened – would go to my parents and expect cash equivalents of whatever was spent on me.

Yeah, really.

Our cry was always – It’s not fair! - It wasn’t fair if one was given something and the other not, or if one was given something more expensive and the other given something of lesser value. No – it had to be equal worth – otherwise, we insisted, it wasn’t fair.

So often we look around and compare ourselves to those that have more than us.

We see someone with a bag we like, a car that is better than ours, or someone with a car at all, or a house in an area that we cannot afford. We find ourselves saying, or at least thinking – It isn’t fair. It’s not right. Why them, and not me?

But so often, we forget to compare ourselves to those that have less than us. Imagine if instead of saying ‘It’s not fair!’ when we see someone with something we want but can’t afford – we turned around, and saw the countless millions (billions…) who wish they had what we have in our daily lives.

It isn’t fair – it’s not right.

Why them and not me, quickly becomes, why me, but not them?

Paul, a leader in the early church in ancient Greece, wrote a couple of letters (at least a couple that we know of) to a church he started in a city called Corinth. Corinth was a wealthy church in comparison to many of the time, and Paul writes to ask them to give a financial gift to the church in the city of Jerusalem. A famine had hit the area around Jerusalem, and the church, already much poorer than the Corinthian church, was struck hard, and in need of help.

Paul writes to the Corinthians:

Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: ‘The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little’.” (2 Corinthians 9:13-15)

As Christians within the global Church, let's stop and consider our own lives and budgets. Instead of looking at those who have more than us, thinking how unfair it is, how it’s not right, questioning why they have more and how we can get more, and coming up with plans and striving to get what they have... Let's just stop and pause. Let's take a breath. The goal is equality.

Let's stop trying to make it fair for ourselves in comparison to those who have more, and instead, turn around and try to make it fair for those who have less.

Today, we can each choose to take a stand for equality – by giving out of a conviction of generosity to those who are in need - by making purchase decisions that don’t rip others off and support systemic poverty and inequality.

With wise choices, others can be supplied through our plenty, and we can play our part in creating equality.

We have an opportunity to create equality, every day, with every decision we make.

How could you create equality today?



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