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Life & Faith: Extravagance Part One

A look at poverty and luxury, and what it means to spend our money well.

A look at poverty and luxury, and what it means to spend our money well.

Earlier this year, we posted a link on Facebook to an interview we did about a new museum being built in Washington DC, the Museum of the Bible. It’s a Smithsonian-sized project that will cost around $400 million.

In the comments, someone wrote: “Surely it is better to spend the time, money and energy required for this project on putting what Jesus said into practice. What about feeding the homeless on the streets of DC.”

It’s a fair point – $400 million could alleviate a lot of human suffering. But it’s a slippery slope.

If we’re truly paying attention to the poverty in our local communities and around the world, how can we ever spend money on a pair of nice shoes, an expensive holiday, or even our morning coffee?

In this episode of Life & Faith, John Dickson and Simon Smart join Natasha Moore in a discussion around poverty and luxury – can we ever justify spending money on ourselves, instead of on people in need?

LISTEN to Part Two of this conversation here.

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