Last summer the World Alliance of Reformed Churches general council met in Accra, Ghana, to issue an extraordinary invitation to its 75 million members and Christians everywhere: Join us in declaring that the present state of the global economy represents heresy and threatens the very integrity of the gospel.
It’s hard to know how to respond when someone tells you that a system so seemingly entrenched as our current global economy—an more important, my little part of it—is a sin from which I need to repent, especially if I’m a North American or West European. My queasy stomach and the defensiveness I feel suggests that my conscience, at least, recognizes that the statement rings with truth.
Charlotte Denny, e conomic correspondent for The Guardian, put the global economy in sharp perspective when she wrote: “For half the world’s population the brutal reality is this: You’d be better off as a cow. The average European cow receives $2.20 a day from the taxpayer in subsidies and other aid. Meanwhile, 2.8 billion people in developing countries around the world live on less than $2 a day.”