100 AIRLINERS CRASH! 26,500 Dead!
“Whenever a major jetliner crashes anywhere in the world, it inevitably sets off a worldwide media frenzy covering every aspect of the tragedy. I want you to imagine for a moment that you woke up this morning to the following headline:
“One Hundred Jetliners Crash, Killing 26,500.”
Think of the pandemonium this would create across the world as heads of state, parliaments, and congresses convened to grapple with the nature and causes of this tragedy. Think about the avalanche of media coverage that it would ignite around the globe as reporters shared the shocking news and tried to communicate its implications for the world. Air travel would no doubt grind to a halt as governments shut down the airlines and panicked air travelers canceled their trips. The national transportation safety broad and perhaps, the FBI, CIA and local law enforcement agencies and their international equivalents would mobilize investigations and dedicate whatever manpower was required to understand what happened to prevent it from happening again.
Now imagine that the very next day, one hundred more planes crashed and one hundred more the next, and the next, and the next. It is unimaginable that something this terrible could ever happen.
But it did- and it does.
It happened today, and it happened yesterday. It will happen again tomorrow.
But there was not media coverage. No heads of state, parliaments or congresses stopped what they were doing to address the crisis, and no investigations were launched. Yet more than 26,500 children died yesterday of preventable causes related to poverty, and it will happen again today and tomorrow and the day after that. Almost 10 million children will be dead in the course of a year.
So why does the crash of a single plane dominate the front pages of newspapers across the world while the equivalent of one hundred planes filled with children crashing daily never reach our ears? And even though we now have the awareness, the access, and the ability to stop it, why have we chosen not to? Perhaps one reason is that these kids who are dying are not our kids; they’re somebody else’s?”
The preceding is an excerpt from a book written by the CEO of World Vision – Richard Stearns called “The Hole in our Gospel”. Its a great read, and although I probably broke some rules of etiquette by quoting such a large extract I believe it is a passage worthy of being un-meritoriously quoted.
I doubt the author will mind, so here’s more:
“Let me use a different example.
If you read in the newspaper about hundreds of children dying of malnutrition in a famine in Africa, you might pause for a moment of genuine sadness – but wouldn’t you finally turn the page, read the sport section, check the TV listings, and go about your daily routine?
But imagine for a moment that you somehow discovered one of these starving African children dying on your front doorstep the very next morning as you left for church. Would you not stop everything, pick up the child, and rush her to the emergency room, offering to pay whatever it might cost to save her life? You would almost certainly respond with urgency as one human being to another, and that far away famine you had read about the night before would very suddenly become intensely personal.
You see, our problem is that the plight of suffering children in a far-off land simply hasn’t gotten personal for us. We may hear about them with sorrow, but we haven’t really been able to look at them as if they were our own children. If we could, then we would surely grieve more deeply in our spirits. We would weep for their parents and we would respond with far greater urgency.
How might God think about this issue?”
If you have not already, please read the whole book. Seriously. Its in all the book stores and Amazon. If you wont read the book, get the audio.
If you want to read it but wont spend the money to buy it, shoot me a message. I think I have a copy with your name on it. I’m willing to gamble on you and ship you a copy….on me!
I think the message is that important 🙂
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25