Ten Ounces Of Rice

Sorry to be the fly in the ointment as we all begin our work week and presumably increase our wealth, but…

Economists tell us that nearly half the world’s population (2.7 billion) lives on ten ounces of rice and two dollars per day. Many of these are our brothers and sisters in Christ.


My fellow Americans, we live as kings! Even if you live in a lower-scale neighborhood with bills spread out on your kitchen table, you are still the “big dog” on the block of humanity. And though we have our mitts on 90% of the world’s wealth, we still opine for more. But when is enough, enough? According to the World Bank, Americans are numero quatro in the world at per capita wealth, coming in at $513,000 per adult per year. How does it feel to be a half a millionaire? And if you rub your greenbacks with your spouse’s, you can call yourselves millionaires!

But before you crack open a bottle of Bordeaux, think about this: God’s vision for His people is “that there will be no poor among you since the Lord will surely bless you in the land…if only you listen obediently to the voice of the Lord your God to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today. If there’s a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land…you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother…” (Deuteronomy 15:4,5,7).

So today, let’s give thanks. Sure, of course.

Then, let’s give.

And with what’s left over, let’s give again.

Kings can afford to do that after all.

POST ALERT: today’s post is my 100th. (cue fireworks) This translates out to 98.9 who read each post, which is small potatoes to all you veteran bloggers out there, I’m well aware, but for me, it’s kind of cool. And quite unexpected.

So, I’d like to thank all the little people out there who made all this possible…


8 thoughts on “Ten Ounces Of Rice

  1. KaKa says:

    100th WOW. This little person thanks you!


  2. J.Thomas says:

    I recently watched a dvd with Shane Claiborne from The Simple Way where he was talking about how 20% of the people in the world have 80% of all of the “stuff” and that 80%
    of the people have only 20% of all the stuff.

    It just doesn’t make any sense.

    Good post, brother.

    Let’s wake up, Saints!
    Let’s wake up!!


  3. Tina says:

    When I was in seminary (economically, the poorest season of my life), I remember one of my professors telling us that we–imporverished students, eating foods out of cans–were among the wealthiest 5% of people in the world. He went on to say that when Jesus said things like, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven” that he was talking to us! Kind of a slap in the face–in the sense of a wake up call…

    Congratulations on your 100th post!


  4. Kim Obermeyer says:

    Amen! In America, we are all among the rich. We watched a video in our lifegroup by Nooma called “Rich” that I highly recommend to everyone. In it, the Rob Bell shared with us that America is only 6% of the world’s population yet we consume 40% of the world’s resources. Only 8% of people in the world have a car. It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive, if you own one, 92% of the world looks at you in your car and sees you as rich. Around 800 million, 300 million of which are children, won’t even eat today. Around 1 billion people in the world live on less than $1/day. Experts say to provide water, basic health, and nutrition for everyone in the world, it would take around $20 billion. That is what Americans spend in one year on ice cream. We are rich in America.

    Timothy was instructed, “Command those who are rich (that would be all of us here in America) not to be conceited or put their hope in wealth but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life which is truly life.” It is difficult for the rich to enter the way of God.

    This was a good word for me today. Thank you for the reminder.


  5. pasturescott says:

    Thanks, KaKa. I think you’ve read every one, every line, every word. How much do I owe you?


  6. pasturescott says:

    It doesn’t make any sense, J. It’s not the way of Christ. I’m hearing of students on Spring Break who, rather than going away to the beach, are spending the week in inner cities, living on mats and in cardboard boxes, to try to regain some real sense.

    That’s a good start.

    Blessings, bro.


  7. pasturescott says:

    You betcha, Tina. One of the students I referred to above is actually from your alma mater in Wheaton. She has a post about it and I was quite moved. Seems the next generation might be shaking off the spoiled syndrome and willingly suffering the indignity of squeezing through the eye of the needle…thank You, Lord…


  8. pasturescott says:

    Here, here, Kim-O! Thanks for the response and the recommendation of the NOOMA vid. I look very much forward to seeing it.


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