Sunday, May 26, 2019

Social Benefits of Christianity: Helping the Poor and Underfed

“There are an estimated 350,000 religious congregations in the United States, and a ‘vast majority . . . serve in some capacity as a community safety net for those in need.’ Together with faith-based organizations, congregations help over 70 million Americans each year, fueled by a staggering $20 billion in donations. One key service is feeding the millions who are struggling with poverty and limited access to food. Over 60 percent of the 46,000 agencies working with food banks nationwide are faith-based organizations. Simply put, America would starve if the church vanished.” 
— Jeremiah J. Johnston, Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity (Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group), 152. Footnotes omitted.