Poverty, injustice and suffering are unacceptable.
Something to think about
In the opening chapters of his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells his readers that the wisdom of the world has been turned upside-down.
‘For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’ (1 Cor 1:18).
By the world’s standards, Jesus was a failure – surely no saviour worth the name would end up suffering the humiliation of death on a cross! Worldly wisdom would suggest that the story should end there, but God had other plans.
When Christian Aid says, ‘We believe in life before death’ we are rejecting the conventional wisdom that says we just have to accept poverty, injustice and suffering.
Human wisdom says that life is unfair, unjust and that there is nothing we can do about it. If we accept that, then nothing ever changes. Human wisdom said that there could never be peaceful solutions to apartheid or the troubles in Northern Ireland.
Change came because people dared to hope that things could be better. Human wisdom says that poverty and injustice are facts of life and can never be overcome. The wisdom of God says otherwise.