Currently Australia spends only 0.3 percent of it's gross national income on foreign aid. This is significantly behind the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of increasing the developed world's foreign aid giving levels to 0.7 per cent by 2015.
People such as Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision in Australia, and even rock star and activist Bob Geldof are currently speaking out about this. You can express your opinion about this issue in a current online poll by clicking here.
At CityLife Church, we ensure that 10% (a 'tithe') of all of our income is invested outside of our church - into our local community, into world mission activity, and as donations to other like-minded ministries. We have been doing this for over 10 years now and God has blessed us for it.
What would it look like if a nation as rich as Australia gave 10% of it's income to bless needy countires?
Here are a few Bible verses for further reflection ...
Psalm 41:1-2. Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor. The LORD rescues them in times of trouble. The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity and rescues them from their enemies. NLT
Proverbs 19:17. If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD — and he will repay you! NLT
Proverbs 21:13. Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need. NLT
Proverbs 28:27. Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing. But a curse will come upon those who close their eyes to poverty. NLT
Matthew 25:42-46. Jesus said, "... for I was hungry, and you didn't feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn't give me anything to drink. I was a stranger, and you didn't invite me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me no clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit me ... when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me." NLT