by John Barnett

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Rust Prevention (33 of 38)
John Barnett
James 5:1-6

Consider the world as if it were shrunk down to a community of 1000 persons: In our town of 1000-
1. 180 of us live high on a hill called the developed world;
2. 820 of them live on the rocky bottom land called the rest of the world.
We, the fortunate 180 on the hill hold 80 percent of the wealth of the whole town,
1. We own over half of all the homes in town
2. Our homes average over two rooms per person,
3. We own 85 percent of all the automobiles,
4. We own 80 percent of all the TV sets,
5. We own 93 percent of all the telephones,
6. And we make an average income of over $ 20,000 per person per year.
The not-so-fortunate 820 people on the bottom
1. They get by on only $700 per person per year,
2. Many of them on less than $75.
3. They average five persons to a room.
How do we the fortunate group of hill-dwellers use our incredible wealth? Well, as a group we spend less than 1% of our income to aid the lower land. In the United States, for example, of every $100 we earned in 1997:
• $26.00 is spent on our homes
• $18.30 goes for food
• $17.00 is for health care
• $12.00 we spend on transportation
• $7.60 is spent on recreation and amusement
• $6.80 buys clothes
• $2.30 is given for religious and charitable uses, and only a small part of that goes outside the U.S.
I wonder how the villagers on the crowded plain (a third of whose people are suffering from malnutrition) feel about us folks up there on the hill?' (12)
Once a wealthy Christian plantation owner invited John Wesley to his home. The two rode their horses all day, seeing just a small part of all the man owned. At the end of the day the plantation owner proudly asked, "Well, Mr. Wesley, what do you think?" After a moment of silence, Wesley replied, "I think you're going to have a hard time leaving all this." The plantation owner was attached to the world he was in. Wesley was attached to the world he was goin ...

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