More than half a million people in the UK – one third of them children – have received emergency supplies from Foodbanks in the last year.
The Trussell Trust, a Christian-based charity that runs Foodbanks, describes itself as “a Christian organisation motivated by Jesus’ teaching on poverty and injustice”. They “serve people of all faith groups and beliefs or none”.
But Foodbanks have been criticised by top government figures.
Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, accused the charity of “scaremongering” to oppose his welfare reforms. Chris Mould firmly denied this. He said “Our interest is the needs of poor people who we see in their thousands every week.”
Jesus said that He had come to bring “good news to the poor” and to “set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18, The Bible). He was on the side of the poor and the have-nots, not the fat cats.
Jesus Himself was born on the streets. The Bible says that Jesus was “laid in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7, The Bible). Jesus was born in the 1st century equivalent of a petrol station.
This is all the more amazing if you believe that Jesus was not just any old person – He was God’s own son, who chose to come into our world. It says something about this God that He chose to be born not in a palace, but on the street.
He chose to die a painful death even though He was innocent.
God identifies with the poor, the hopeless, the accused, the rejected, the scum of the earth.
How about you?
The Trussell Trust’s Foodbanks provide emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. For more on Foodbanks visit trusselltrust.org.
For more on the Jesus Army’s work with the poor and disadvantaged, and how you can get involved, visit jesuscentre.org.uk or text 0774 0774 200.