Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Newsletter Reflection for Sunday 1st July 2012 Finding a Balance

Photos from Uniting Church Birthday Party last Sunday

Good morning,

I’ve just been reading our Scripture passages set for today, and a few verses from Corinthians stayed in my mind. Take a look at 2 Corinthians 8:13-15.

I wonder what a real balance between having too much and having too little would look like? Could we even imagine it?  The aim of those who manage our economy is that it should be always growing – that we should have more and more money moving, and people consuming more and more to make that money move.

What would happen if we all just stopped consuming? What would it look like if everyone said “enough is enough” and decided not to have more than they need.  I’ve heard reports of some economists who believe the constant growth in an economy is unsustainable – and that what we ought to be aiming for is a stable economy – one that neither grows nor shrinks.  

For that to happen, we’d all have to be satisfied with less, or at least with no more.  I wonder if we are even capable of doing that? For generations, we’ve been conditioned to want the latest and the best of everything.  Some technology is even designed to be redundant in a set time-frame. It would take a radical re-think of everything.  Businesses that now aim for continuously increasing profits would have to aim at keeping the same profit year after year.

While we in Australia keep seeking wealth, to have more and more, there are people in the world living on less and less.  I wonder how big the gap between wealth and poverty must become, before the wealthy become interested in seeking a balance.

Grace and peace

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