An 11-year-old girl dies while her parents pray. While faith is important, God usually doesn't answer prayers by making a problem just go away. He merely provides the tools necessary for us to solve the problems on our own. God-given gifts of technology, science and medicine could have saved this girl's life if her parents had just used the tools available to them.

But let's expand our view. Overpopulation, global warming, resource depletion and human suffering are very real issues in the world. Unfortunately, like the girl's parents, we seem to deny the seriousness of the problems at hand while we sit and wait for God to fix everything. God has already given us the tools we need. It is up to mankind to actually use those tools to save our planet.

Levi Palmer