Just a Reminder

At Richmond’s First Baptist Church I often talk about how we can be an answer to the Lord’s Prayer that God’s kingdom would come and God’s will would be done on EARTH as it is in heaven, how we can—in other words—help Jesus bring heaven to earth through our own human efforts. 

If you’re looking for a way to help, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals are a good reminder of some of the most critical work that needs to be done.  You won’t find all these things in the Bible, but you can find a lot of them, especially that first one.  Surely when God’s will is done and God’s kingdom comes no one will have to live in extreme poverty, and no one will have to go hungry.  Until that day arrives, we’ve got plenty of work to do.

Let’s roll up our sleeves.

   Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than one U.S. dollar a day.
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

 Achieve universal primary education

  • Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling.
  • Increased enrollment must be accompanied by efforts to ensure that all children remain in school and receive a high-quality education

Promote gender equality and empower women

  • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.

Reduce child mortality

Improve maternal health

Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

  • Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.
  • Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

Ensure environmental sustainability

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources.
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water (for more information see the entry on water supply).
  • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020.

Develop a global partnership for development

  • Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory. Includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction—nationally and internationally.
  • Address the least developed countries’ special needs. This includes tariff- and quota-free access for their exports; enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries; cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction.
  • Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing States.
  • Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term.
  • In cooperation with the developing countries, develop decent and productive work for youth.
  • In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.
  • In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies – especially information and communications technologies

(copied from the CBF Virginia web site)

2 thoughts on “Just a Reminder

  1. My wife is a child protective services social worker. She and her colleagues do not violate confidentiality, yet, in a general, appropriate way, I have learned from them, as well as from law enforcement officers of my friendly acquaintance, over the years, that alcohol abuse and drug abuse have been a major scourge of our society world wide. They also have a major impact on points 1 through 6 in generational cycles as do the child abuse, child neglect and domestic violence which often result from drug and/or alcohol abuse. By the way, law enforcement officers have told me that their number one problem, in this area and elsewhere in our state and nation, is domestic violence. I think that achieving these goals mentioned is going to HAVE to include getting people off drugs and alcohol and getting child abuse/neglect and domestic violence stopped, in my humble opinion.

  2. It’s also a good thing to remember that the MDGs while great global railroad indicators towards development are not policy making plans towards development. Ending neo-liberal hegemony and balancing global economic governance is the way to develop.

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