I can’t get mad about yoga pants, you guys. I also can’t get mad about Fifty Shades of Grey. Now, I can understand why my Christian friends are posting blogs, or stating their opinions on why they won’t wear yoga pants, or why they won’t see Fifty Shades. But me, well, I just can’t focus my energy on those.
I know what some of you are thinking: “a good Christian girl doesn’t wear tight pants and watch dirty movies.” Well, you’re half right. I won’t go to Fifty Shades, because I refuse to pay good money to spend two hours hiding under my chair, dying of embarrassment. Yoga pants—well, just leave my yoga pants alone.
But here’s the real reason I refuse to get mad about yoga pants and a movie: Because I feel that we as Christians are focusing on such narrow, and (sorry!) silly issues instead of focusing on real, life or death issues. You guys, in the words of Sven in Frozen “…we’ve got a real, actual problem here.”
Friends, every 3.6 seconds a person dies from starvation. The majority of those who die are under five years old. This means, in the time it takes you to read this blog, roughly 40 people will die of hunger, and most of them will be babies and small children. That is something to get mad about.
This year, over 300,000 women will die from issues related to childbirth. 99% of them will be in developing countries, and 80% of those cases are preventable with proper education, care, and training. That is something to get mad about.
You guys, 783 million people on planet earth don’t have access to clean water, and 2.5 billion people don’t have access to proper sanitation. That is something to get mad about.
Last, 2.9 million newborn babies die each year from prematurity, delivery complications, and infections. All things that can be prevented with proper care and antibiotics. That is something to get mad about.
And God’s people are angry over yoga pants and a trashy movie.
If you want to get mad, friends. Get mad. Get really, really, mad.
But don’t let Satan distract you from life or death issues with trivial matters. I understand that modesty and purity from sexual sin are important, but people. are. dying.
What if… what if we took some of the energy we spend defending our opinions, and instead defended God’s people? What if we used our voices and our time to help “the least of these” the way Jesus commands us to? Friends, one or two people can’t do this on their own, but if Christ-followers united and used their collective time, gifts, and energy, we could literally save lives. There is no excuse for us, friends. The facts are right there for us to see. People are dying and we’re worried about lycra pants and a crappy movie.
I just can’t be mad about those things, because 1,000 people died of starvation while I wrote this blog.
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