Over 4 billion people (two-thirds of the world’s 6.9 billion population) have yet to put their hope in Jesus Christ as their personal savior and the answer to a world in crises. Where there is no hope, there is no motivation for the pursuit of solution. In a world without hope people live for the moment and for themselves, abolishing any vision for a better world. The only antidote to a defeated spirit is one that has been regenerated with authentic faith in the creator. The solution, therefore, to all world crises hinges upon the proclamation of the gospel both through words and action.
The welfare of every country on earth is dramatically impacted by the leadership that governs it. In nations that are known for maintaining continual states of chaos, violent conflict and oppressive poverty, there can usually be found a common denominator: an incompetent, self-seeking or corrupt leadership at its head. On the other hand, countries that thrive tend to be those with governments that truly care for the welfare of their people above personal power or self gain. Corrupt leadership is at the very root of this global crisis. The turning point for nearly all global decline is securing righteousness at the head every nation; a righteousness that can only come as a result of an authentic fear of God.
At a time when education is rapidly becoming a prerequisite for human survival nearly one billion people have entered the 21st century unable to read their own name; 544 million of them are women. This fact is an atrocity considering the fact that less than 1% of the money spent on weapons of war each year internationally could educate every child on earth.
As the world’s environmental condition falls into decline so does the condition of all human life. With a rapidly approaching population of seven billion people, global resources such as energy, clean drinkable water, productive farmable lands and ocean fisheries become overly stressed. In today’s world more than one billion people walk at least three hours a day to collect a five gallon bucket of water. Entire 3rd World towns and villages are annually buried in mudslides due to deforestation as a result of charcoal production and illegal lumbering. These atrocities can be curtailed as the church begins to translate Jesus’ mandate to care for the poor through sustainable programs and training. It is no longer enough to send aid to the poor; they must also learn methods of environmental sustainability.
In today’s world, nearly 1 billion people are malnourished or starving. One half of the world’s population lives on less than two dollars a day, and many of those people are city dwellers who must purchase the food they feed their families. As the global population grows and the earth’s resources begin to diminish, world hunger teeters on the brink of disaster. Jesus warned that in the last days there would be great famines and pestilence, but he also said that we are blessed if we feed the hungry. In his dissertation in Matthew 25 he told us that giving water to the thirsty and food to the hungry was criteria for separating “sheep from goats”; true believers from nonbelievers.
Again, children seem to be the most vulnerable when it comes to any kind of world crises. Health and disease is no exception. Two thousand children under fifteen years of age are being infected with HIV worldwide every day, while nearly two million die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water or poor sanitation (a rate of five thousand every day). So many of these death related illnesses do not need cutting edge medical assistance to solve the problem, but rather willing Christian people who have been equipped to administer basic care and training.
In today’s world the issues of inhumanity and injustice are escalating as the value and sanctity for life declines. Issues of human trafficking for forced labor and sexual exploitation, child soldiering, and mandatory abortion are all on the rise. Put in perspective, four hundred years of the European African slave trade (responsible for providing slavery in America during the 1700s and 1800s) unjustly imprisoned some twelve million people. Although modern history gives William Wilberforce the credit for ending this atrocity, in today’s world eight hundred thousand people are illegally trafficked across borders every year, fifty percent of which are minors. Although it is impossible to know how many for sure, it is estimated that some ten million children are victims of the sex slave trade industry worldwide. Children are always the most at risk on nearly every front of depravity, especially where there is ethnic cleansing or violent conflict. Thousands upon thousands are orphaned as a result of the African AIDS crisis, international drug abuse and incarceration. According to the UN there are 200 million children living and working on the streets due to an escalation of poverty, war and AIDS.