How big is the world? It depends on your perspective. Given that 7 billion people live on 57.5 million square miles of land and water, you could say it’s quite big. But through expanding trade networks and communications systems, it has never been so intimately connected. We live in a truly international community and this leaves us with many questions about how we should respond to issues which we cannot or should not ignore.
For example, war. It has always been a contentious issue: what is the best way of responding to international conflict? Is military intervention, which often causes huge civilian casualties and suffering, ever justified? Christians throughout the ages – and even now – have been divided on this ethical dilemma, and each side finds support in the Bible for its position.
Or migration issues. People have travelled as long as the human race has had feet to walk and hands to build boats. But although slavery was officially outlawed in this country through the efforts of Christians 200 years ago, human trafficking – illegally moving people across borders for the purpose of slavery – is still in operation, and in this country. How should we respond to asylum seekers, hoping to escape war or persecution overseas?
And what about global poverty? What should be our response to the dire need which we see every time we turn on the TV or pick up a paper? With so many of our goods originating in developing economies, how do our spending habits impact on the poverty or wealth of men, women and children thousands of miles away? Do we have a responsibility to those who make our clothes and grow our food?
This section explores some of these big questions and in particular invites a Christian perspective on the ethics of each. You’ll also find examples of how Christians are seeking to address some of these issues, with links to where to find out more.Bookmark