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Nov022009

Trade As One

If you’ve been on this site before and checked out my “Links” page, you know that I’m passionate about fair trade. Today I heard a statement that blew my mind.

“If every person who attended church in this country made just one fair trade purchase, one million families would be lifted out of poverty for one whole year.”

I heard it on the “Trade as One” web site. This video tells you a little bit about “Trade as One” and gives a simple explanation of what fair trade is and why it is so important.

Reader Comments (2)

Okay, but what about our economy? What if we bought just American made items? Then our economy might rebound, giving more Americans jobs, allowing more people to give to causes overseas. Plus, where is the Gospel in this ad? We give them dignity? Hope? Hope in what? Material wealth? Great, so we get them going in the same wrong direction this ad starts out demonizing. Give them jobs and food but without Jesus, they're dying an eternal death. Don't get me wrong, they need both. Therefore, we need to target causes that do both.

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbwhat?!

Good question! Let me refer you to my "Links" page. Under the Fair Trade section you'll see a link to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Awareness Pages. On the Fair Trade page under "myths" it addresses your question concerning buying American.

I would add that the gospel is all over that ad (not the full gospel, but the gospel is there none the less). Clear back in Deuteronomy God's people were commanded to give workers (their brothers and foreigners) fair wages. Justice is part of what it means to be God's people, and that is good news for our world.

Just a note, I usually only post comments accompanied by a name. Your question was good and important, so I made an exception. But, as a rule, I don't allow anonymous posts. Thanks!

December 9, 2009 | Registered Commenter[Phil Stout]

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