9.06.2011

An uncomfortable truth: our crisis

Fifteen thousand Africans are dying each day of preventable, treatable diseases - AIDS, malaria, TB - for lack of drugs that we take for granted.
This statistic alone makes a fool of the idea many of us hold on to very tightly: the idea of equality. What is happening to Africa mocks our pieties, doubts our concern and questions our commitment to the whole concept. Because if we're honest, there's no way we could conclude that such mass death day after day would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else. Certainly not in North America or Europe, or Japan. An entire continent bursting into flames? Deep down, if we really accept that their lives - African lives - are equal to ours, we would all be doing more to put the fire out. It's an uncomfortable truth.
Fifteen thousand people dying needlessly every day from AIDS, TB, and malaria. Mothers, fathers, teacher, farmers, nurses, mechanics, children. This is Africa's crisis. That it's not on the nightly news, that we do not treat this as an emergency - that's our crisis. ~ Bono


As I pray that God would break my heart for what breaks his one thing has been tearing it to shreds lately... our American apathy. We have the the awareness, the access, and the ability to change the crisis in Africa. ALL of us do. At the very least we can pray and  sponsor a child so that they have an education, food, clothes, and access to a doctor. There are no excuses. None. I want to cry when I hear people say they can't afford it. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He will provide the funds but the workers are few. It costs less than $2 a day to sponsor a child. But our entertainment and wardrobes are more important to us than human lives. Yes, we have the ability and the access but apparently we lack the will... the love and the compassion. Praying that God would break our hearts and humble us... we need it... the world needs it.

7 comments:

Kim said...

Love this post, Lauren... all SO TRUE. When I was in ET, there were some children who would BEG me to sponsor them, and my mind was racing with, "what can our family give up/cut out/cancel so that we can sponsor ANOTHER child?"... if everyone thought that way, Africa would be a VERY different place.

Behn and Meg said...

Thank you for the sober truth. We have it SO good here in the U.S. and it's easy to ignore the problems of others. But those others are people, with feelings and souls and families. Praying God would give me a heart more and more like Christ's.

{amy} said...

It is so tragic! Right now we sponsor one boy, but our goal is to work into the budget enough money to sponsor at least one child per person in our home.

Carla said...

That is the truth of it. I have heard SO many ignorant elitist, essentially racist comments regarding the current drought/ famine lately. It disgusts me...we claim to be a culture that disagrees with racial inequality but our attitudes and actions show the reality of our wickedness. A lot of it seems to also boil down to Darwinish sentiment..."survival of the fittest" mentality.

Jenni said...

How true! When God breaks our hearts for this type of injustice, it is hard to even remember a time when we didn't feel this way. I have less and less patients for people who say "I admire what you are doing..." but do nothing to create change themselves. Most of us have the resources to sponsor a child, support an organization etc. but apathy keeps us from doing anything.

Tracy said...

Amen, Lauren!!

Joyeful said...

So very, very true. and tears my heart up, too, dear friend. We have so much that we take for granted, they have so little and they appreciate it all. Life is precious to them. It should be that much more precious to us. Thank you for letting God's heart be heard through you!!