Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Afraid of the crosswalk?

Everyone lives by faith every day. By faith, a person walks up to a crosswalk, presses the crosswalk button, and crosses the street when the light turns green. Besides maybe looking left or right, nobody gives much thought about crossing. We just do it and assume that we'll make it across safely.

Now here is an interesting fact. In 2009, 4378 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents, mostly in crosswalks. 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes. 80% of those were in crosswalks. A pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes. With those kinds of statistics, you'd think nobody would ever want to cross the street. I'm surprised there is not a National Travel Advisory to not cross the street. Yet...people keep living in faith every day and crossing.

Why does this matter? There are lots of places in the world that have problems with crime, including our own city of San Diego. Every night there are shootings, car jackings, gang violence, burglaries, and more. Yet, San Diego is one of the best places to live and visit in the world. If people were freaked out by the news, nobody would ever come to San Diego, or any other big city.

The truth is...San Diego is a big place, and most parts are perfectly safe to travel in. There are certain parts and times of the day where you use more caution, but in general, one moves very safely in the city. Now imagine the whole USA. You can move very freely and safely in most of the USA. We live by faith every day on this fact.

So why is it that a giant country like Mexico gets a bad rap. Yes, Mexico has big cities just like the US where crime happens, but most of the country is fine to travel through. Ask my buddies who rode their bikes across Mexico last year. They said the people were awesome!

Now take a big city like Tijuana. It's as big as San Diego county. Does Tijuana have crime? Yes...just like San Diego. But Tijuana is a BIG place! I just got back from a mission trip to Tijuana and I still had people tell me they couldn't believe I'd go there. When I hear that, my reaction is always...really?...I do it all the time and never have a problem.

For me, Mexico is my crosswalk. I look at the crosswalk, push the button, and walk across the street. Thousands of times... never an incident... it's about faith, not fear. We all do it every day if you think about it.

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