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Hungry for confession

Jesus makes it clear that how we treat the poor is how we treat God

An old cover of The Lutheran hangs on Pastor Mark Reitan's office wall at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, Wash. It shows a Sudanese boy, his ribs shrink-wrapped by starvation and dehydration. The boy wails in hunger and fear. And he is doomed, beyond relief workers' efforts to save him.

The image is shocking, and it remains the most controversial cover The Lutheran has published in 16 years. It is, in fact, hard to look at. I should know: I took the photo. Still, Reitan leaves it on the wall because, as he says, "I don't want to forget that this is the reality millions live with daily."


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