Thursday, November 13, 2008

Money Money Money

Hello First, welcome if you are a new reader! The added fame of being contained in the Methodist Recorder (thank you Olive) has topped off a marvelous day all round. Click here to see the full post referred to in the Methodist Recorder Here are other musings I had on the Credit Crunch, the final (tidied up version) was published in 'The Friend' (The weekly Quaker journal) -- - - - -- - Today I would like to set you a challenge. See if you can find one form of media that doesn't comment on the growing credit crunch. It is fairly difficult. The reality is to continue such intense coverage the media needs a wide range of voices. One voice heard was that of the Church of England as the Archbishops of Canterbury and York got involved in the debate. This is nothing new, Christianity has always had something to say about money. Jesus turned over the tables against money lenders in the temple, Judas Escariet selling out Jesus for his pieces of silver, multiple leaders campaigning against slavery not forgetting the multitude of (mainly Victorian) philanthropists who went one step ahead (such as Bourneville creating his 'model village for workers') due to their religious values. More recently a Christian undertone has inspired multiple organizations that engage the population in examining their use of money. The 'Made of Money' work undertaken by Quaker Social Action is one example. It has been raising levels of financial literacy among some of the poorest communities in east London. By raising levels of financial literacy the individuals are able to take control of their own life and dignity. Yet for all these 'headline' acts the more inspirational stories, and true reflection of Gods love for all, can be shown through the actions of ourselves. As a nation we have enjoyed prosperity and education based upon high levels of credit. Now debts are called back we all find ourselves in tighter spots. How should we respond? Start by looking in Advices and Queries – delve into the collective knowledge contained in 23 'Social Justice' because the reality is religious leaders can never speak for all the members. A clerical word or two in the media won't solve any problems. Instead, they can exploit their positions to put forward the beginnings of an alternative viewpoint. One which states we should look for the value in the individual over the value they have in the bank. Ultimately we can only be a reflection of Gods love for all, when we start with ourselves and take responsibility for our own actions – even in these harsh times. -- - - - - - - - - Take Care y'All John [Note: This post was edited on 17th December 2008 to reflect the true nature of 'The Friend]