Vacation: Day 2

Day’s Verse:
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene.
2 Timothy 2:16-17

I don’t have any good pictures from yesterday, but I worked quite hard all day.

Now that I’ve written this post, I realize it’s a list of what I did. Kind of boring. But yesterday was a day of getting things done, and I honestly didn’t think too much. Well, I heard a spot on NPR — between all the pledge pleas — from philosopher Peter Singer talking about how people in wealthy countries should give more of their income away. He likened it to seeing a child fall into a pond and saying “But I have my expensive shoes on!” Of course any decent person would say, “Shoes be darned, a child’s life is worth more than shoes!” and rescue the kid. He alleges that children are “falling into a pond” every day — starving to death, drinking dirty water, dying of treatable diseases — and we are essentially standing at the side of the pond wringing our hands and tossing little floaty toys (the kind that says “Not to be used as a flotation device” all over) in for the kid to grab. Singer created a website where you can enter your income and it tells you the amount he thinks you should morally donate to help children in 3rd World countries. It’s a percentage of income, and tends to look like an awfully big percentage to most folks. In general I haven’t bought most of Singer’s philosophies, but in this particular one, Jesus’ actions clearly indicate that Christians should be taking the kind of sacrificial stand that Singer is advocating. Continue Reading >>