U.S. national debt in 2003: $6.5 trillion
Number of people worldwide who live on $2 a day or less: 3 billion
Projected wealth of Bill Gates in 2006: $1 trillion
Estimated amount required annually to provide for "the minimal conditions required for the flowering of human potential worldwide," according to the U.N. Development Program: $35 billion
Percentage of the 2003 U.S. defense budget that $35 million represents: 9
What happened to Jesus' passion for the poor in the last 2000 years? In many ways, we have simply created a new religion, that which honors the god of commerce. In order to make this religion palatable it has been linked to Christianity, but basically this is a transitional state. If the migration to the new religion of the masses is completed, Christianity will be of historical interest. Of course, this is hyperbole; but our lack of concern for the poor certainly misses the mark set by our Lord.