On Being Mad

A lot of people are really mad right now at and about a lot of things–institutions, politicians and restaurants.

I write this blog because I’m mad too.

I’m mad that a person made in the image of God might be fated to misery because of where they were born or the color of their skin or their gender.

I’m mad that there is enough resource in this world now to make sure no one is hungry, but we can’t just nail down the toddler concept of sharing.

I’m mad that children have to quit school because they can’t afford an $18 uniform or they have to become the water-fetcher for their family.

I’m mad that preventable diseases still ravage the bodies of people around the world.  And not just the big ones.

My friend Michelle and her husband Gerber live in Guatemala.  Listen to this:

My husband teaches communities how to build water filter systems because he knows that diarrhea kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Did you read that?

DIARRHEA. kills MORE kids than AIDS, malaria, and measles COMBINED! wow.

When he first started the project in the northern area of Guatemala they conducted research to find out how many people suffered from diarrhea. The responses were almost always negative. They were confused. How could no one have diarrhea? They had done water samples and found Ecoli and Giardia. With a little more probing and talking with families and kids, they found out that the majority of people didn’t know anything other than diarrhea. They had spent more of their lives with it than without it. They didn’t know diarrhea was not normal.

Now, they are over 3,400 water filters in this area. And hopefully many families and kids who are healthier and now living without diarrhea.

And the filters, of course, make me hopeful.  But the rest makes me mad.

So forgive me for skipping weighing in on a chicken restaurant.  But when I think about what really makes me mad, I just think there are bigger fish to fry.

6 thoughts on “On Being Mad

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  2. Meredith, thanks for this info. I knew it was bad, but didn’t realize how bad. Sometimes I think Christians are manipulated by media coverage (both right and left). Not realizing what is happening or not thinking about the consequences. I’m reminded of the child’s comment you wrote last week in the Project 50 blog regarding the least of us (which still bothers me). My daily Bible reading today was in James 1:27 (The Message):

    Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.

    Maybe we need a refresher on this?

    • Larry, it was great to meet you tonight! I agree that media coverage can misrepresent issues like this by highlighting things that may be more ‘story worthy’ over others that are, numerically, more significant. I had no idea about the effects of diarrhea in the developing world until Michelle shared more about her work.

      • Meredith, it was great to “finally” meet you as well 🙂
        Thanks again for writing about this issue. Hopefully we see that not everyone has things we take for granted.

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