Thursday, June 7, 2007

What's wrong with this picture??

I hate to say that I am somewhat obsessed with this whole Paris Hilton comedy... it amazes me that she is in the news as much as she is. Smart girl, really... not many people can become famous for doing nothing and then continue to be in the news every single day!

Today they let her out of jail early... I hate to even talk about it when there are so many more things that are more important than her! But - it goes to show that there is something wrong with this picture... really, really wrong.

While we have young men inIraq where they have no business being, fighting a war we have no business fighting.. and giving their lives for people who may or may not be appreciative - something is wrong with this picture. Many days I must search for news on the war... but Paris is always news.

When each night in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of terrified children leave their villages at dusk and walk to town, many miles away, to avoid being kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army—a brutal rebel force that has abducted more than 30,000 children to serve as soldiers and slaves in its 20-year war against the Ugandan government, something is very, very wrong.

If the children do not make it to safety the boys are forced to loot and burn villages and torture and kill neighbors, sometimes even their own families. Abducted girls are routinely raped and become sex slaves or “wives” of rebel commanders. There is something wrong - very, very wrong!

Today, people are crying out for justice because she was released from jail. When will we cry out for justice for these poor, innocent children?!

When will the genocide in Darfur be front page news? Every single day the people of Darfur are terrorized, made homeless or murdered. Since 2003 hundreds of thousands of innocent people of Darfur have died from violence, disease, and starvation, and thousands of women have been raped. About 2,500,000 civilians have been driven from their homes, their villages torched and property stolen. Thousands of villages have been systematically destroyed. Many people have not even heard of what is happening in Darfur - something is really wrong with this picture!

It makes me sad... but it's reality. Our country is more obsessed with what is happening with celebrities than what is happening in the world. And in many ways, I can understand that. Times are hard. Gas is high, houses are being forclosed on. Food prices are going up and half the time we are not even sure that our food is safe to eat! Life is hard. People want to escape. People don't want to think about things that are terrible... things they feel they can't do anything about. Something is wrong with this picture! At the least - we can pray. And beyond that - we can contribute, we can volunteer, we can spread the word. We can do something - even if all you do is CARE.

I promise to not be a downer tomorrow. In fact, if they put Miss Hilton back in jail, as they may, you just might see a party going on.

Verses for the day:

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me. Psalm 86:6-7

Not everyone who says to Me. "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Matthew 7:21

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