I gave a talk at the “House of Prayer” in St. Augustine, Florida, last week. The audience, for the most part, seemed relatively well off socio-economically. I said billions of people in the Third World were either homeless, or living in cobbled together shacks with no running water, no electricity, little food, virtually no medicine… What’s more, 24,000 of these people starve to death every day. I said I didn’t know what the town of Nineveh was doing before Jonah walked through it, but I doubted it was worse than letting 24,000 people starve to death every day. And that’s exactly what we do as we continue on with our relatively “well off” lifestyles in America in the face of this worldwide abject poverty… The prayer group leader, Gary Gornick, then did a teaching he had planned for the evening. He said the talk would, indeed, dove tail with what I had said. Gornick said if someone has a proclivity to do “wicked things,” they have a strong tendency to insulate themselves with people of “like minds.” As a result, seldom — if ever — are you confronted. Extrapolated out, if I want to remain unfettered by my comfortable First World lifestyle in the face of all this horrendous Third World suffering, I’ll move into, say, a sub-development, church community, etc., of “like minded” people where stock portfolios, lawn care and Florida Gator football are the predominant topics of conversation. Not Third World poverty, and what one is trying to do to help end it. Note: Mr. Gornick said: “We’re going to be judged on what we do.” I said I thought the Ninevites “sack cloth thing” wasn’t just about dressing down, but rather about turning from their sinful, gluttonous lifestyles. And doubting the Gap was going to come up with a “Sack Cloth Fashion Line,” wouldn’t it be about cutting back our lifestyle in America as well? Of course it would.