We live in difficult times. Many people are being killed in the name of a deity or a system. These tabels show where we are today considering the numbers of (civilian) deaths worldwide, in comparison to other era's: https://vimeo.com/128373915
'Families from the Middle East who are desperately looking for shelter should be denied access to our cities and villages because we can't support them and they are a threat to our way of life!'
Great. You just turned away Josef and his very pregnant wife Mary.
Is that a christian or even human thing to do? I wrote about it before. Here.
People all over the world once a year celebrate the lives and deaths of a family from the Middle East, desperately looking for shelter. What if the inn keeper had said 'No!' to Josef and Mary?
The earthquake in Nepal, last april killed at least 5000 people.
Terrorists kill 7000 people a year. Sharks kill 10 people a year. Every year 40 people worldwide get killed because a vending machine falls over and they are squashed. Peanuts kill 12,000 people a year and dogs kill 25,000 a year! We humans kill 475,000 people a year and every single year over 3 million people die because they drink too much alcohol. But mosquitos are even deadlier than us (but still gets beaten by alcohol!). They kill 725.000 people a year. But nothing compares to hunger. Close to 30,000,000 (that's right: thirty million!) people die every year because they don't have enough food.
And there's no need for them to die because there is plenty of food. How much food do we throw in the bin because of the experation date or because we cooked it but were not hungry enough to eat it all?
Of all the produced food in the world a whopping third is thrown away before it reaches the shops where you can buy it. A terrible waste, don't you think?
And why? Because we don't like cucumbers that are crooked. Because we like lettuce to be round in stead of pointy and because we refuse to buy potatoes that take us more than eight seconds to peel. We won't buy apples that have even an tiny brown spot on them and if a banana has more than two brown spots we buy the banana that has only one.
Think of others before you throw away your leftovers tomorrow: merry christmas!