Yesterday David Cameron was to receive a letter from dozens of bishops and hundreds of clergy saying that too many people are going hungry. Instead, they didn’t answer the door and the police turned up.
FoR has been supporting the End Hunger Fast campaign as a means to ending violence against those going without food in the 7th richest country in the 21st Century. Many people are just one bill away from not being able to afford groceries. Even if that’s not us today, we cannot be comfortable with allowing it to happen to our siblings. And if we are, as Martin Niemoller said,
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
As Christians we are called to serve, we are called to stand in solidarity and speak out loudly against injustice.
On 4th April there was the national day of fasting. FoR staff took part in it as well as the next Thursday as part of the fasting relay going on for the whole of Lent. It was unpleasant being hungry, but knowing when we would next eat was a great comfort. Some don’t have that luxury. Even just fasting for one day at a time felt very prayerful and let’s hope that, similar to Isaiah 58:3, the government will notice all these people speaking up for those going through difficult times.
Isn’t the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free Isaiah 58:6
There was an article in the Oxford Anglican although it doesn’t mention that they’d popped out for a pint of milk.
For more info visit the campaign website.