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Jesus said to give to the needy. The director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) agrees, saying that a one-time donation of .36% by the world’s billionaires could help 42 million people in 43 countries at risk of death by starvation.

UN world food program pleads for help from world’s billionaires to save the starving with one-time gift

The director of the United Nations’ World Food Program, David Beasley, said they are out of money and don’t know how they are going to assist people around the world in urgent need of food and facing death from starvation, CNN reported as part of an interview.

“I don’t know where they’re getting the food from,” Beasley said. “We’re out of fuel. We’re out of cash, in terms of paying our people and we are running out of money and we can’t get our trucks in.”

“The governments are tapped out,” Beasley said. “This is why and this is when … the billionaires need to step up now on a one-time basis, $6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them.”

“I’m not asking them to do this every day, every week, every year,” Beasley said, CBS reported. “We have a one-time crisis: a perfect storm of conflict, climate change and [the pandemic]…Just help me with them one time.”

Referring to the world’s billionaires assisting with preventing people from dying of starvation, Beasley said: “It’s not complicated.”

The wealthy got wealthier during the pandemic

According to progressive groups Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness, the net worth of US billionaires has almost doubled since the pandemic began, standing at $5.04 trillion in October, while simultaneously combined with natural disasters, it has brought hunger and humanitarian crises around the world.

“ALARMING: 1 billionaire was created every 17 hours during Covid. 17,000 people also died of hunger at the same time. Is this acceptable?” Beasley tweeted. “I am not opposed to anyone making money, but I AM opposed to people dying of hunger when there’s $400 trillion of wealth in the world today.”

In particular, Beasley said the wealth of two of the world’s richest individuals alone, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, could make a significant impact. Beasley says just 2% of Elon Musk’s wealth alone could make a huge difference.

This week, when Hertz rental car made a deal to purchase 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla, the personal wealth of Elon Musk shot up by $36 billion as the electric car maker’s market cap soared to $1 trillion. As of October 26, the total net worth of Elon Musk was $287 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making him the richest individual in the world.

What the Bible says about poverty, assistance and wealth

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

–1 John 3:17

In Luke 12:33-34, Jesus said we should “give to the needy” and advised people to build their treasures in heaven, not on earth where they can diminish and degrade.

Jesus said, “the poor you will always have with you, and you can help them whenever you want,”(Mark 14:7). There are numerous verses in the Bible reiterating this same idea, going back into the Old Testament, prior to the time of Jesus.

“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”

–Deuteronomy 15:11

You don’t have to be wealthy to help

Whatever they have and by whatever means they can. We don’t have to be wealthy to help others.

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

–Hebrews 13:16