Monday, March 23, 2009


I am a little ticked right now... at an automotive repair company and a towing compnay. I'll write more about these when I can do so a little more sanely. There is a place for anger... although how we handle that anger is even more important. I want to acknowlege that I am ticked at a companies whose customer service is lacking.

I read this excellent post by Timothy Miekley on anger:
There are some things I think we – the body of Christ – should be angry about. In the mix of Christian circles, they call this anger ‘righteous anger.’ Righteous anger basically can be defined as “Getting angry at things God would be angry with.” In conclusion then, I have put together a list of things we – the body of Christ – should be angry about.
  1. In the country of Moldova – where at least 80% live below the poverty line – more women are led into sex trafficking than any other country in the world.
  2. 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
  3. Only 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.
  4. It costs – on average $50,000 to keep one person in jail for one year. That is more money than a student will pay to go to schools like” Georgetown University, John Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon, Bates College, or even Boston College. In fact, there are only three schools in the United States that cost more than $50,000 a year: Sarah Lawrence College ($53,166); George Washington University ($50,312) and New York University ($50, 182).
  5. Thus far, The United States has spent over 607 Billion for the war in Iraq. None of this money has been shown to help rebuild or restructure the Iraqi people. This also does not include the $75.5 billion for FY2009 war funding.
  6. According to UNICEF, 25,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world.
  7. The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of the world income.
  8. Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
  9. Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water survive on less than $2 a day, and more than 385 million on less than $1 a day.
  10. For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are: 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3), 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5) and 270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7).
  11. 15 million children are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS (about the total amount of children in Germany or the UK).
These are some things to get really angry about. Many of us will readily acknowledge that these are major issues in our world. However, most of won't do anything about it. Sometimes because we don't know what to do, sometimes because we don't care enough to find out what we should do, sometimes because we are too concerned about our own lifestyle to really make the effort to change.

I haven't got any solutions, but it certainly changes my perspective on my little issues - even if those issues costs me a lot of dollars

1 comment:

Walking Church said...

I support you in your 'rant'!