Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger Moving from Affluence to Generosity Do you want to make a true difference in the world Dr Ron Sider does He has since before he first published Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger in Despite a dramatic reduction in world hunger si

Do you want to make a true difference in the world Dr Ron Sider does He has, since before he first published Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger in 1978 Despite a dramatic reduction in world hunger since then, 34,000 children still die daily of starvation and preventable disease, and 1.3 billion people, worldwide, remain in abject poverty So, the professor of theologyDo you want to make a true difference in the world Dr Ron Sider does He has, since before he first published Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger in 1978 Despite a dramatic reduction in world hunger since then, 34,000 children still die daily of starvation and preventable disease, and 1.3 billion people, worldwide, remain in abject poverty So, the professor of theology went back to re examine the issues by twenty first century standards Finding that Conservatives blame morally reprehensible individual choices, and Liberals blame constrictive social and economic policy, Dr Sider finds himself agreeing with both sides In this new look at an age old problem, he offers not only a detailed explanation of the causes, but also a comprehensive series of practical solutions, in the hopes that Christians like him will choose to make a difference.

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  1. Ronald J Sider PhD, Yale University is the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action and distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania He is the author of numerous books, including The Early Church on Killing, the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.

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  1. I was really floored by this book The author first presents some startling and informative statistics on world hunger and poverty, where we have been and what is projected Then he talks about God s intense love for the poor, and that if we want to be imitators of God we must as Christians learn to share in that love I left this book really wanting to do to make a difference even with specific ideas how The best thing about this book was also the worst thing sooo much information Never before ha [...]

  2. Wow I figured that if I actually read this book, I would have a responsibility to act on what I learned I am still processing what that might look like, but it s definitely true American Christians are woefully out of touch with the situation of many in the world My eyes were opened not only to the plight of a billion hungry neighbors , but also to the concern that God has for the poor of this world, as evidenced in His word It seems that almost every time I open my Bible now, I am seeing verses [...]

  3. A passionate plea for social justice, this book, first published in 1967 but regularly revised and updated, still stirs the conscience Is still powerful Unfortunately it can longer be read with the degree of hope that originally greeted it, with the hope that all Christians could unite in changing society that the hungry would be fed, the wounded healed, the oppressed freed Reading it today is depressing because it describes a road not taken The intervening years have destroyed any hope that eva [...]

  4. I think this book is right on However, my adult discussion group I read it with struggled with it They questioned the very backbone of the book biblical analysis, especially the concept of the Jubilee The book starts with Biblical analysis from an evangelical conservative perspective Moves to an economic review of the world which the author reminds us is much less trustworthy than his biblical analysis and then to prescriptions for Christians Demanding without being overbearing the 5th edition o [...]

  5. This is a MUST READ for every Christ follower particularly those in the affluent West With a title like this, you would expect the author to be mostly led by warm fuzzy feelings and few pieces of scripture twisted out of context This book really gave new meaning to the old saying you shouldn t judge a book by it s cover This book is loaded with scripture which I found just about completely in context A few passages on environmentalism I could not connect a proper exegesis I took notes on this b [...]

  6. Christianity Today named this one of the Top 100 Religious Books of the Century a blurb on the front of this latest revised edition tells me Anyone who gets through this book will come away knowing 1 Hunger is a BIG problem 2 Christians have the resources to stop it 3 Caring for the poor is presented in the Bible as a paramount issue for Christian discipleship and 4 We need to do , and there are things we can do However, the best thing about this book was also the worst thing way too much much i [...]

  7. Sider desaf a enormemente a los cristianos a pasar de la acumulaci n a la generosidad Es un libro que brinda estad sticas bastante actuales en cuando a la realidad del hambre, es profundo y acertado en su teolog a y claro en la exposici n del mensaje que quiere transmitir Cristianos ricos en la era del hambre , contrastando la realidad de la pobreza mundial con la realidad de la riqueza, trata de al menos hacer reflexionar a los cristianos ricos en cuanto a su estilo de vida econ mico.Muy buen l [...]

  8. Whether or not you agree with all of his assertions or proposals, Ronald Sider forces Christian readers to confront the reality of poverty and our responsibility to the poor and dispossessed This is important in a self satisfied age such as ours that, to quote Amitav Ghosh, so congratulates itself on its self awareness and, I would add, its woke empathy As Sider points out, charitable donations have dropped significantly compared to the spring of my grandparents generation late 1960s.The book is [...]

  9. Can overfed, comfortably clothed, and luxuriously housed persons understand poverty is how the book opens The first chapter closes with this summary of what the book talks about Imagine what one quarter of the world s Christians could do if they became truly generous A few of us could move desperately poor areas The rest of us could defy surrounding materialism We could refuse to let our affluent world squeeze us into its consumeristic mold Instead, we could become generous non conformists who l [...]

  10. Sider calls for rich Christians to live modestly and give generously In general, Sider is against charity handouts He is for wealth generating micro enterprsies.I recommend this highly for all Christians especially those of us who teach and disciple others about stewardship This book should be read along with John R Schneider s book, The Good of Affluence The combined reading of these two opposing books will help Christ s servant discern both biblical teaching on wealth as well as assist in maki [...]

  11. Some say his controversial or communist Perhaps in earlier editions he was radical This seemed to me to be balanced and sensible I may contend with some of his interpretations, but the general tenor, I don t contend with If anything, I would say the Scriptures are radical His call for Christians to move past their mass consumption to concern and sacrificial generosity for the poor is biblical But he doesn t even ask us to sacrifice all that much He is asking for the biblical minimum.

  12. God wants every person and family to have equality of economic opportunity, at least to the point of having access to resources necessary land, money, education , so that by working responsibly they can earn a decent living and participate as dignified members of their community Sider xiv Ron Sider presents several complex arguments Early in his book, he speaks about world hunger, free trade and the wealthy elites In the end of his book, he speaks about Policy and change No matter one s politic [...]

  13. Rich Christians contains no surprises for Christians today, though when it was originally published in 1977 it may have caught quite a few people off guard World poverty is a common theme in the news and in many Christian circles today, perhaps due in part because of the efforts of the author and those like him who promoted the cause of the poor The book is easy to skim for those familiar with the general themes the distribution of wealth between rich and poor is unhealthy, we need to invest in [...]

  14. This book was kind of what I expected Long, confusing at times, but also full of lots of information.We can all do a lot to change our lifestyles to be less wasteful and generous to help the world s poor.Cultural and institutional change is a big project to manage and he offers some good ideas and suggestions but I felt that his description of the massive, complex problems was underscored by what I considered simplistic answers and solutions end corruption, decrease military spending,increase [...]

  15. A convicting and unapologetic call to rich Christians living in the affluent global superpower of the United States to take seriously the claims of the Bible in general and Jesus in particular relevant to money, the poor, and economic justice Sider makes a strong biblical case spanning throughout Scripture from Levitical Jubilee law to Jesus words to the rich young ruler, from Amos scathing critique of Israel s unchecked material prosperity at the expense of the poor, to Paul s plea to the Corin [...]

  16. Reading this book was amazingly awkward and uncomfortable for me and, yet, exactly what I needed to hear I read a copy published in 1979 so some of the stats were off Off, but still alarming The world Sider writes about is a terrible place to be poor And at the time of publication, many Christians were doing little to change the structures that kept poor people poor What s disturbing to me is the realization of how little has changed since Rich Christians came out If anything, the divide between [...]

  17. The books is divided into three parts, I ll explain each section from his point of view.1 Poor Lazarus and Rich Christians, or I don t understand what causes poverty There are currently 218 gizmos running around and America is currently using 130 of them We re such jerks If we distributed the gizmos evenly, everything would be peachy fine.2 A Biblical Perspective on the Poor and Possessions, or I don t know what the Bible says about mammon Look Woe unto you rich folkies Take that hmmm Job Never [...]

  18. Every western follower of Jesus should read this book, but beware don t read it if you re not open to having your mind changed by Scripture It s not a comfortable book, but has been a crucial part of my discipleship it s shaped my worldview profoundly The book has 3 parts Sider does a fantastic job of exploring 1 the biblical teaching on wealth and poverty, 2 the realities of wealth and poverty in our world, and 3 creative ways of responding as believers His biblical work was well balanced, chal [...]

  19. Much info, inspiring, Biblical, whet my appetite to learn about what we can do in America to not ignore the billions of our neighbors around the world who are barely or not surviving, and how our actions affect them without our even realizing it Great balance of evangelical and social justice, and advocacy of capitalism with some restraints Primary theme seems to be the idea of the Jubilee from the Old Testament where some type of redistribution needs to happen, otherwise the rich will get rich [...]

  20. One of the most interesting things about this book is Sider s views and edits that he made in the 20th anniversary edition The earlier edition was decidedly liberal policies leaning, but in later editions it seems some faith had been lost in the political answers to the problems of hunger, poverty, and injustice Of course politics in its raw form simply means public life and certainly to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God we are also called to walk with others who are mistreated, [...]

  21. I am being totally rocked by this book It s radical and I love it, but am simultaneously challenged by its Truth The statistics in Section One are outdated due to this edition s publish date of 1984 Yet, the other sections relay timeless Biblical Truths and Sider highlights lots of Scripture I ve also found a great Appendix of Social Action Organizations many of them Christian , which I am particularly excited about I feel stirred to personalize and apply these principles in my life and my famil [...]

  22. This book is certainly well researched and includes a lot of valuable information I believe there was too much trying to be accomplished by this one book, however, so I really look forward to reading his others where I can get a comprehensive look at the different aspects he brought up in this book This should be required reading for anyone, not just Christians Ideally we would all be convicted in a sense that if we were to try and live simply, we could aid others to simply live A little goes [...]

  23. Everybody should read this It s really convicting about how we tend to spend money on ourselves while others are dying of starvation Sider presents a case of how wealthy Americans are, explains God s heart for the poor, and gives practical suggestions He talks a little about how developing nations face a system of oppression and steps to change that This book encouraged me to live simply and give Get the new edition in it he says he learned a lot about economics than in the first edition.

  24. I read this book while I was in Scotland taking a class that had to do with Christianity and social justice issues This book became very important to me that semester because it was the only book I could find about the subject that represented the evangelical perspective Even though some of Sider s ideas might be naive, I still think that Rich Christians is worth the read, simply because it makes you think It really helped shape my thoughts about Christianity as it relates to poverty and justice [...]

  25. It s good for those who haven t engaged the topic before, and perhaps for those who aren t doing enough on their own to help the poor However, it doesn t try to make an argument for why Christians should engage our government and encourage them to stand up for the poor Perhaps this was obvious for many people, but I ve ran into so many people recently who drag their heels on trying to make real change that I believe there needs to be written to reach them But perhaps that wasn t the focus on th [...]

  26. This book really opened my eyes to the reality of hunger in the world, and the affluence with which we, here in the US, have become so comfortable with at the expense of other people, other nations, and economies.I read it many years ago, and it inspired my husband and myself to propose to our friends, the concept of living in a communal neighborhood sharing resources in order to free resources to help others However, we had no idea how hard it would be to sell this idea I encourage everyone to [...]

  27. this is an important book for everyone makes a very good case for how helping the poor is central to a christian life the book was very informative, with a lot of info current statistics on poverty and will open your eyes to how people are living around the world at times it was a bit overwhelming as sider gives so many different examples of things we could be doing as a government and as individuals to alleviate poverty, but it s definitely a source i ll be going back to from time to time to re [...]

  28. Some of the research was good but overall the author did not bring much of a solution It sounded like socialism than biblical and the criticisms of those that God has blessed financially received the greatest criticism Sider talks about fairness and something he calls a graduated tithe which in itself is not scripture and it does not help the poor or welfare state I think the intent is good but the solutions and reasoning are not.

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