World hunger is an issue that affects millions of people on both an international and domestic scale, irrespective of geography or ethnicity. According to the United Nations World Food Programme, 1 in 8 people in the world do not get enough food to lead an active and healthy life, which equates to over 800 million worldwide. This means that hunger and malnutrition are the greatest threats to global health—more so than even AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
With the world hunger crisis at such an alarming level, why should Southern Baptists, and Christians in general, care about this food shortage? Southern Baptists ought to care about the hunger crisis in the world because of the following biblical principles:
- Compassion (Mark 8:2-3)
- Summons to help the poor (Ps. 41:1; Prov. 14:31, 21:13, 28:27)
- Loving our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:34-40)
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