The word just doesn’t mean very much to Americans. Most Americans anyway. But for much of the world’s population this word sends shivers down the spine. This is one of the most deadly killers in our world today, yet is one of the most preventable.
Each year, there are approximately 515 million cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people, the majority of whom are young children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is commonly associated with poverty, but is also a cause of poverty and a major hindrance to economic development. Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases and an enormous public health problem. [Source]
Malaria is transmitted through mosquitoes as a parasite that which multiplies within red blood cells as seen in the picture to the right. Scientists have developed many anti-malarial drugs, most of which are therapy drugs after infection with the disease. An individual who is treated with these drugs can expect a FULL recovery.
The inherent problem with this dreaded disease is the fact that it infects the poorest of the poor in our world. It destroys the weakest of the weak. Children. Poor Children. Extremely poor children. Time or space does not allow me to detail the complicated reasons behind this continued pandemic, but suffice it to say that far too Christians are taking action on this issue.
We can present eloquent speeches outlining grand theological doctrines, we can interact with government through political bureaucracy to win moral arguments, and we can argue to hilt with one another over matters that make not one difference in the world we live in, all while millions of people die from a preventable death trap. Satan must smirk at our feeble efforts to gain notoriety and significance among men, while children lay rotting to death.
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
Then the King will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ And the King will tell them, ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his demons! For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me anything to drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me no clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ And he will answer, ‘I assure you, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
Matthew 25:31-46, NLT