I recently had a friend in Kenya ask me about the electricity in our homes. He seemed to be amazed at how cold it gets here, the snow, and about the homes being heated by electricity. I thought my reply to him should be of interest to us.

Here's what I wrote:

"You ask about electricity in the homes in America. I'm going to be very upfront an honest about what I'm seeing of American homes verses about 96% of the rest of the world (as told by the World Bank).

Almost all the houses are heated with electricity. Unlike your country where electricity is rare, in America, to have no electricity is rare. We live very strangely compared to most of the world. All the times that I've told you that I'm a bit ashamed at this country, this is why. I understand the blessing God has given us. I also understand the curse that upon us because most in America rather care for their own comforts than others.

So that you understand the context of what I'm talking about, I'm going to explain the average home in America. The average home in America looks like mansions compared to other countries. Each child has their own personal room. A family with three children would have 2 - 3 cars, large home with a living room (where the family gathers together, dinning room (where the family gathers to eat), kitchen (where food is prepared), 3-4 bed rooms, and two bathrooms (where the family bathes their bodies and gets rid of human waste), and two rooms to store the cars in. The kitchen has stoves and ovens to cook the food and refrigerators to keep food fresh. The cars are usually not in their storage room because they are filled with junk things that the family rarely uses any more but will not sell. There is a television in the family room, parents room, and each child's room. There is a computer in the parents room and each older child's room. If the child is too young, they may have a children's learning computer. Once a child reaches around the age of 10 years old, they already have a cell phone. They usually have the iPad's at about 5-6 years old. There is a video game console in the living room, and many times in each child's room. People sit around in their homes that are heated by electricity in the winter and cooled by air conditioning in the summer (the house usually stays at a constant 69 degree's fahrenheit, or 20 degree's celsius); and they watch sports games, and other entertainment, on the television while their children are playing video games on the Xbox or on their cell phones or iPads. If we are not in our homes, or working, we are playing in our hobbies for fun and pleasure. People will have as much money wrapped up in one vehicle that a family could retire in Kenya. Compare to other people in my hobby of Jeeps, I have very little in my Jeep; but the money I do have in it is equal to about 7 years of pay in Kenya. The closets are full of clothes, some that are not even worn. Some of the pants cost as much as you would make in 3 weeks and some coats as much as you would make in a month and a half. It's not that they have to have clothes that expensive, but they want to impress other people. They watch commercials and television programs about the poverty in most area's of the world then turn around and eat large meals and buy expensive things that are not need; as if there is no care in the world and no reason to help anyone in need. God forbid if we have to sacrifice some of our 20 - 30 different outfits of clothes or some of the junk we have in storage. And, more food gets thrown away in a day than most families, in other parts of the world, would be able to eat. Based on information in the New York Times and Washington Post (two big news papers in America), In America, we spend enough money, on Christmas alone, that it would cure world hunger.

Please do not be resentful nor hate us for this. Do not envy what this country has, for the wealth this country has brings it to a condition of a heart of stone and in a fearful time of judgement to God in which they are so blinded to, they continue on this path of self-centeredness as if there was never any warning in Scripture.

“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
(Luke 6:24-25 NIV)"
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