Monthly Archives: January 2010

short memory

as a person who thinks about injustice and doing something about it all the time… its kinda my job now, ya know?… I am pretty skeptical of the former prez Clinton and W to the White House today. They are joining up with the USA’s current prez to figure out ways to get Americans to pony up with donations for Haiti… NOTHING wrong with that… that’s awesome… but what about AIDS victims in Africa? and the orphans that result from it… DONT misunderstand, we need to help Haiti… NOW

But we (Americans) are so A-D-D (please don’t be offended) that – generally speaking – we forget tragedy as soon as the TV news decides it’s no longer worthy of sending Al Roker down there… see I am afraid that Americans are the way they are (short memories) because they are SO DEPENDANT on those who are making the decisions and driving the news… It’s like Pat Robertson’s nonsense comment (I’ll devote another post to that pretty soon)… who would have noticed without media attention? CAN WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO learn about what’s going on in the world and not depend on what some managing editor decides is important to us? CAN WE GET INVOLVED in understanding whats going on in the world all the time? CAN WE care about Haiti longer than we did the tsunamis? What about all the millions of kids who are SUFFERING around the world ALL THE BLASTED TIME? When will America live up to its potential and give a crap about the needs of people because they are people and God cares about them and then so should we and not just when there is a stinking crisis? WHEN? When we take our eyes off ourselves, that’s when.  OH, Europeans, are you really any better?

Meanwhile, pray for Haiti, pray for the people who are there, trying to help, the people trying to get there to help, and for the US military who are trying to get that stuff to happen. Pray that people would care past the stinking news cycle. A good place to get involved is here

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a broken attitude

We are in the midst of another crisis where thousands are dead. Hundreds of millions of dollars will rush into NGOs around the world. Governments will commit vast resources to the tragedy. Christians will mobilize like they haven’t in years and the great cry will be for the poor of the land. All of it rightly so.

We need to care about Haiti, PRAY for Haiti, Donate wisely to Haiti. Donate to where there will be targeted, local, long range help for Haiti.

BUT, why is it that we wait for the big event to care? Why do we hardly even glance at the poor, the tragic places and their peoples until something like this happens and then suddenly, “oh no, woe is me, this is horrible, what can we do?” My question: where was the compassion last week?

And of course there will be the inevitable God discussion: one side against the other. “Oh, why did God do this?” or “Oh, why did God let this happen?” or “Oh, what has God done?” and another will say “Well if that is your God, who does this kind of thing, I want nothing to do with him.” All of which demonstrate a limited view of God and even of reality itself.

What about next month, when the dust settles? Where will the attention be then? What images will tug at our hearts as we watch our 48inch HD TV? Why do we wait for the event that gets everybody talking? Why don’t we care about the oppressed every day? Why can’t we develop hearts to work for justice all the time over all the world? Why?

Okay, you can’t answer for the entire human race. So just answer for yourself. Then do something that lasts. Then keep doing it. Governments can’t change the world, but you can, if you will care, if we will sacrifice, if we will think and do, we can make a difference. If you are a follower of Jesus, this is what you are called to! So years from now, as you change your thinking and care regularly about the whole world, and you look back, let the tragedy in Haiti, let today be the day you change your thinking and your broken attitude and decided to change the world. It is simply your calling, so do it.

So, let’s get past our broken attitudes and care about the whole world every day.

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Vaden and Friends

…played at the former Gravity Lounge tonight. The Southern, as it is now called, is a much improved venue… Vaden’s show features his usual blues infused, gospel laden original songs. But I’d say that the band’s play was tighter than ever, V and friends played more together than I’ve seen them. Got the new cd and am lookin forward to listening… Here is a shot from the show.

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walk in the wood

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give us new sight

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most read posts from 2009

WordPress (the host of this blog) has good apps. One of which enables me to find out which of my 2009 posts was the most read, here are the top five ranked by the number of hits:

Coming in at #5 is the film I made last summer after attending a funeral for over 500 victims of the massacre in Bosni, the post is titled Srebrenica Film and was viewed 53 times.

The #4 post was the early February announcement, to my colleagues, of the end of my sixteen year teaching career in out of the boat which had 64 readings.

The heartbreaking story of a sick child of a friend came in next most read, it is a story of Peace from Grace had 69 hits.

The #2 post in numbers of hits was driven, I would guess, by the presence of U2 in the title, it had 83 hits: U2 in DC

All of the posts except for #1 were under 100 views, but the most read post of 2009 had 226 views, it was when i got wind that U2 was coming and rushed to my computer to be among the first to log about the event: NEWS FLASH!!! U2 is coming to the ‘ville

The thing that the stats cannot give me is which were the best posts of 2009. Well, I guess we will just have to wonder about that.

FOOTNOTE: When considering the most read posts of all time (meaning the life of kingdomtravelin there is only one change… the #2 spot goes to a post I wrote explaining the plight of people who are depending on the dollar in Hungary… I described the real cost of the falling dollar in light of inflation… that post has 93 hits since it first went up and interestingly gets the occasional hit from time to time. Click here to revisit the all time Kingdomtravelin #2 post.

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