PROBLEMS OF PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND WASTAGE:
Missing God’s Intention of the Interdependence of Humanity
“When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” —John 6:12.
“None of us can ever save himself; we are the instruments of one another’s salvation, and only by the hope that we give to others do we lift ourselves out of the darkness into light.” ―Dean Koontz.
Earth Can Feed Her Inhabitants
There are voices from some quarters bemoaning the overpopulation of the earth. Some influential personalities even push for government policy to control population growth. At first it may look like their concern is that the earth may not be able to sustain its population, but closer scrutiny reveals that there are other hidden agenda. I may not go into speculations and conspiracy theories in this respect, for that is not the purpose of this book, but suffice it to say that there are some people in cahoot with the archenemy of man who are out to diminish human race.
What I need to underline however, is that the earth is by no means overwhelmed by her population. There could be enough to feed every soul on the planet if humanity does the right thing. God purposed for humans to help one another. If people die of famine in one part of the world, the problem is with man.
The problem could be one or a combination of the following:
i) Those who have do not care enough to share;
ii) Underproduction where resources are available and conditions of production favourable;
iii) Poor distribution of either the ready products or the resources for production;
iv) Wastage by those who have more than enough.
We will look briefly into each of the above.
i) Those who have do not care enough to share
Some people blame the starving people for lack of planning or the government for lack of policy to feed its people. They don’t feel responsible in any way to help. Others also blame God for not bringing rain. Most of the places with famine outbreak are victims of bad weather, especially drought.
I once talked to a lady who was upset with God for allowing famine to ravage some parts of the world. She concluded that God doesn’t exist because if He does, He wouldn’t allow calamity to devastate mankind. I told her: “the reason you have more than enough is because God wanted you to share with those people who are dying of hunger.” He who blames God for not giving food to the starving, God is blaming the same for not sharing what He gave him to share. It is not a matter of conjecture to name who will end up at the dock.
There is no need wrestling with God over the way He does His things. He says in His word that His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways (Is. 55:8). He decided to make human beings care for one another. John Wesley captured this when he said:
“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!”