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Word of the week by the Rev Ben Brown

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

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AS we look around the world today, it can be said that there is so much violence, aggression and anger.

Every time we switch on the TV, we see scenes of war, fighting and poverty. It always seems to be innocent people suffering.

People ask me: "If God is a God of love, why does he let this happen?"

In all these cases and situations we see one thing in common – greed. Everyone wants to get the most they can out of others.

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Throughout history, we can see that greed has been central to wars and the cause of most famines.

There is enough food to go around the world, there is enough water to go around the world and there is enough medical care to help all the world.

Unfortunately, we in the West have taken more than our fair share of food and resources. This has led to the situations we see in today's society.

It is not God not loving people but mankind not loving others.

At church in Ashbourne, we were shocked to see the need to help financially struggling people in the town and elsewhere in our local area. This is why the Ashbourne Foodbank was started.

As Christians, we are not only called upon to make disciples but to help others.

In the New Testament, James writes: "Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?

"Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, 'Good morning, friend, be clothed in Christ, be filled with the Holy Spirit', and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup – where does that get you?

"Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?"

Whether Christian or not, we need to be looking after those in this country and across the world by making sure they are fed, looked after and cared for.

When we sit down and watch the TV, read the newspaper and ask ourselves why no-one is helping these people, may I suggest we think: "How can I help?"

We may not be politicians or people in authority, but we can start by helping others near us.

Our actions speak as loud as our words.

God Bless.

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