Refine Us is a blog by Justin and Trisha Davis, who have been through a lot since they married in 1995. Early in their ministry as church planters, Justin had an affair — but God restored their marriage, and blessed them to now be able to minister to others in similar situations. Their website can be found here: Refine our Marriage.
The article I’ve linked to is about accountability. Accountability is worth very little unless we’re willing to be transparent with one another. As an individual who’s been involved in some sort of accountability group with friends since early in my college years, I’ve heard my fair share of watered down confessions, glossed over events, and just plain deceit — from my own lips on more than one occasion. Accountability is trendy. Open and honest communication is constructive.
I hesitate to put this on my blog for fear of upsetting family members and causing concern. But, hey, these robbers are no longer out there. A couple of months ago, there began a string of break-ins and robberies in Geita — that stretched from one side of town to the other. Guns were used in a few, while others relied merely on darkness and quick feet. Oscar, a young man who works for me three days a week, was at the hospital with a sick child when members of this gang stole every single thing from his home except a few items of clothing. The took his bicycle (his primary means of making money, other than working for me), all the beds, the sofa, and every single item in the kitchen.
A few nights before this rundown with police, one of the gang members was caught by citizens of Geita and confessed that his gang was responsible for the entire string of robberies. He gave the name of the gang boss, and even told where several of his colleagues lived. Then he was burned alive. That’s how communities deal with thieves when police aren’t present. And that’s how the police were clued into this gang and began the search for them.
This article also demonstrates why we rarely drive at night here. Gangs, like this one, will pile big rocks in the road so vehicles can’t pass — and then rob them. I intend to write a blog post soon about robbers, neighborhood justice, and the like — and the worldview and values that create such behavior. But this little blurb will have to do until then.
The average American household contains 2.55 people and 2.73 television sets. Really?! And the average individual in these households watches over 4 hours of television per day. Of course, those numbers came from 2006 — and everyone knows television-viewing has taken a huge hit since then — what, with Lost being over, professional sports becoming hugely unpopular, and more and more people reading and playing games with their children at night.
If you take all the self-storage space in the United States and divide it by the number of people, this is how many square feet each of us would get. Got extra stuff much? How many television sets do we have in those storage units? How many homeless people might we house modifying just 5% of that space? All of them? And just think… the furniture being stored in those metal buildings is only what won’t fit in our homes.