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
- 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
- Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.
Reduce child mortality
- Reduce the mortality rate among children under five by two thirds.
- Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio.
- Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.
- Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.
- 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 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)