Updated Resource: The Biblical Basis for Advocacy to End Hunger
“Throughout the Scriptures, God calls people into community and sets the expectation that leaders (whether they are kings, pharaohs, or governments) should care for their people (Psalm 72:2). Therefore, we also reflect God’s love by challenging individuals and institutions given the power to change laws and structures that keep people vulnerable. We work toward a just world in which every person has an opportunity to thrive. We participate in showing God’s love and honor the dignity and worth of our neighbors.”
Excerpt from The Biblical Basis for Advocacy to End Hunger.
As a collective Christian voice, Bread for the World grounds our work to end hunger with Scripture. The Biblical Basis for Advocacy to End Hunger outlines nine biblical themes that guide our mission.
- God loves us. Jesus’ greatest commandments are that we love God and each other.
- Humankind was created out of God’s love and in God’s Image, so we are to respect the dignity of every person.
- God has a special concern for poor and vulnerable people.
- God provides out of God’s abundance.
- All creation is reconciled with God through Jesus Christ, and we are to be agents of reconciliation.
- God loves justice and requires us to do justice and love kindness.
- Jesus said, “Whatever you do for the least of these you do for me.” We do Christ’s work when we act with and for hungry and poor people.
- We hear God’s voice in Scripture and respond with the faithful use of our own voices.
- God has a role for government to play in the protection and development of people.
Each section in the pamphlet includes Bible verses and references to people and stories that illuminate the call to end hunger through advocacy. We encourage you to use the brochure as the basis for a conversation in your church or community, and explore how God calls us to end the brokenness of hunger and poverty in our world.
The free resource is available online for download; print copies can be ordered through our store. Let us know in the comments how you were able to use the resource: as an individual exploration, as a Christian educator leading an adult forum or study group, or as a small spiritual-formation group seeking to ground your understanding of how the Bible talks about hunger and advocacy.
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