Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It has been awhile, but I have been thinking.

I am comfortable right now. I feel safe. I feel secure. I have a full stomach and warm clothes on. Should I feel ashamed?

Right now it is reported the approx. 16,000 children die every day of starvation. I know we Americans don't like to hear this because we believe that everyone makes their own destiny. Those poor starving children are starving because they are lazy, or so we think.

I am full. I have a stomach full of coffee and I had a cinnamon roll this morning. I am comfortable.

Granted there are many who are hungry right now because they are lazy, but 16,000 children die every day. That is around 667 an hour. But we don't listen. Forget the fact that the one encouragement the disciples gave Paul when they met in Jerusalem Council was not to forget the poor. Forget the fact that these are children. What does this say about Western Christians? What does this say about me? Imagine being a parent and watching your child starve to death right before your eyes, and you can do nothing about it. Sound harsh? Did I just go too far?

I am comfortable right now. My children are safe and in good health. Does anything else matter?

But a worm,