Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Haiti and America

Last night on CNBC there was a news story of an American couple who vacationed in Haiti years ago and saw a child starve to death. After witnessing this type of suffering first-hand, they sold everything they had and moved to Haiti. They now have 6 adoptive children and run an organization to care for the children of Haiti (whose name escapes me at the moment). Our world needs more ordinary radicals like this.

I'm not saying you need to sell everything you have and move to Haiti right this instant. There are little things you can do to be a part of big change. Mother Theresa once said "We can do no great things; only small things with great love." Maybe we can't single-handedly solve the world's hunger problem, but we can do things and make changes in our lives to make it an unavoidable issue. Join me in committing to NEVER eating at a buffet-style restaurant again. (Pretty amazing side-note: I had plans to eat at an Indian Food buffet for lunch and while typing this, I got a text from my friend saying she couldn't make it. WOW!) Think of it, all the children starving as you get more food than you can eat, what you can't eat is thrown away. It's a pretty disgusting thought if you ask me. If all of us ban buffet restaurants, they'll go out of business, that's how capitalism works. We vote with our wallets. Imagine Souplantation for example; what if the La Mesa one closed, then the Point Loma one, then all their CA locations, then all their US locations. I'm not saying these restaurants are evil, we just need to shake this gluttonous behavior, as Christians, as a well-privileged nation. Just a thought.

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