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Malthus Was Wrong. So Am I.



I’m back in school. It’s hard juggling a husband, two sons, five classes and volunteer work. It’s even harder processing the things I’m learning, and dealing with the subsequent guilt I’m feeling.

Sat down today to get some work done. But really, after doing some assigned reading, I find I can’t concentrate on memorizing the various parts of the heart. Sigh.


I’m so blown away by a few related ideas one of my professors presented to us in class, ideas I got to explore with the said reading.

  • The problem of world hunger is not because we don’t have enough food, it’s because people lack access to food.
  • If people ate lower in the food chain, we would have even more food to go around.

Basically, there is enough food for everyone. Malthus the economist was wrong. Even with the incredible population growth in Asia, Latin America and Africa, our food supply is enough to cover everyone.


But I’m not here to argue with Neo-Malthusians.

I’m here to point out the staggering truth that gripped me and won’t let me go.


We have enough food.

No one should have to go to bed hungry because we have enough.

But our surplus go to our garbage bins.

And yet another child lies awake at night,

racked by hunger pangs, suffering from the effects of malnourishment.


I’m saying Malthus was wrong.

But I need to say we can be wrong as well.


We’re wrong when we think what we have should only be for our own satisfaction.

We’re wrong when we think our children are only the ones who look like us.

We’re wrong when we worry over the church curtains,

and not the empty pantry at the nearest food bank.


We’re wrong when we worry more about our church affairs than the needy.

We’re wrong when we think Africa, or Asia, or Latin America is too far away.

We’re wrong when we allow the distance to drown out the need.

We’re wrong when we cry over a photograph of a child with a protruding belly,

but our tears never go far enough to provide clean water for the child to drink.


We’re wrong when we keep going to retreats and other church events,

but we never step foot on the wrong side of town.

We’re wrong when our church tables are overflowing,

but we don’t pay attention to the suffering in our neighborhood.


We’re wrong when we assume reading the Bible and talking about Jesus is enough.

We are so wrong, and others pay the price.


I don’t believe we’ll ever solve the problem of world hunger.

But I believe we can solve some people’s problem of hunger.

And I believe that’s all we’re called to do.