Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Voices (and Feet!) For Justice

    Posted by Cherry

    2 September, 2014

    It’s been several months now since the incredible event that is Voices for Justice. As a first-timer I could barely contain my excitement – wrapping my head around tax dodging, seeing Christians come together from all around Australia, walking into Parliament House, meeting politicians and sharing with them our passion, as followers of Jesus, for seeing poverty eradicated. It was a totally invigorating experience where I felt like I was putting my faith into real action. I left with an amazing sense of excitement as I realized that hey! We really can use our voices. We can be a part of shaping a better future for the world’s poor. I am already looking forward to going next year. But what now? Will we just wait in the meantime, or will we continue to take action? I am happy to say that Seaforth Baptist Church, the community I am grateful to be a part of, has been inspired to continue taking action within our local community. This year we are celebrating the tenth year of hosting the Manly Manado Walk, a beautiful 10km sponsored walk from the… read more

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  • Hope for Creation Sunday

    Posted by Ben

    6 August, 2014

    Will you host a Hope for Creation Sunday on 7 September this year? Psalm 148 reminds us that all of creation participates in worship of God, just by its very existence. Every creature – from the mundane to the magnificent – praises God simply by the beauty and wonder of being. Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, Fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, Creeping things and flying birds!” Psalm 148:7–10 This, alone, should be more than enough reason to join together our worship and praise with that of Creation. It's a good reason to set aside one day to remember and celebrate God’s gifts in creation, and to pray in hope for all of God’s creatures – human and otherwise – which bear painful burdens of sin and damage, often as the result of the actions of others. There is, also, a profound and urgent need to recapture a vision of loving God that involves cherishing and… read more

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  • Having Hope for Creation

    Posted by Ben

    4 August, 2014

    Australian Christians face two problems or challenges about climate change. The first is that of climate change itself. The second is that of the conversation about climate change. The first is a problem we share with the world, though the impacts are not borne equally by all. Extreme weather events, stresses on water and food supplies, changing ranges and behaviours of pests and diseases, direct and indirect health impacts, will be the lived reality of a disrupted climate for generations to come. Most of these impacts are already affecting the vulnerable poor – despite them having contributed little or nothing to causing the problem. The graph, using data from the US National Climatic Data Center, shows the rising temperature trend from 1880 when records began, until today. Any year that was colder overall than the 20th Century average is represented by a blue bar below the line showing how much colder than the 20th Century average that year was. Any year that was hotter than the 20th Century average is represented by a red bar showing… read more

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  • The Next Major Breakthrough In Ending Poverty

    Posted by John

    8 July, 2014

    Last week a story appeared in our national papers highlighting the fact that Glencore, the third largest multinational mining company operating in Australia, had earned $15 billion in profits over the last 3 years, yet they had paid zero taxes! That’s outrageous by anyone’s standards. This is not a new problem. For decades an intricate system of tax havens has been developing across our world which facilitates secrecy in financial transactions and enables dodgy deals by corrupt government officials and criminals. But contrary to popular misconceptions, this is not primarily a problem caused by corrupt dictators and criminals. Of all the money that flows out of poor countries, 65% of it is taken out by multinational companies who are dodging paying their fair share of tax. Each year developing countries lose at least $160 billion from this tax dodging. This is more money than these countries receive in aid. This is money that rightfully belongs to the citizens of these poor countries. Politicians have known about this problem for a long time, but… read more

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