Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Just Because It May Not Personally Affect Us, It Should Still Be Our Concern

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I saw this comment floating around the internet and it really does make you wonder.

"So where are all the 'Save The Gulf' concerts & 'Christian' crusades? Where are the t.v. benefits with celebrities & musicians giving heartfelt speeches on the poor fishermen, wildlife, beaches, loss of income & sabotaged gulf economy? I find it rather strange how these people are so quick to help Haiti & other countries, not to mention the many benefits that went out to post hurricane Katrina areas, but yet they sit back and do nothing on this one. Just the facts."

I know this is not going to sit well with some of you, but before you comment and share how you disagree with me....stop and think of how the issue is truly affecting the Gulf Coast area. Put yourself in their shoes and think about how you would feel if this were happening to you.

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There is blame to be directed and accountability to be made, but ultimately this is not going to help feed families that have lost their livelihood because of the situation, it will not pay the bills nor will it keep a roof over a family's head. It's great that Americans want to help other countries but we have enough people in our own back yards that need ministering to that are being over looked. If we only offer help to what is deemed politically correct, then we have certainly missed the boat in what it really means to help bare each others burdens. (Galatians 6:2) I also add...other than the Samaritan's Purse & Salvation Army that were great help to the post hurricane Ike victims, where were the benefits and other helping hands? I guess the millions of dollars in damage that were incurred weren't important enough. Maybe people felt like they already did their "one good deed" of the decade. I truly am not judging anyone I am merely questioning the situation.

No one person can help everyone, but if enough of us stand up and pull together we can make a difference. I for one am searching avenues to provide assistance in any manner that I feasibly can.

Again, I realize that this is not going to be an issue we all agree upon, and I do welcome your comments, but know in advance that disrespect of the situation and people concerned will not be tolerated or published.


lisa said...

I live in Iowa.. and thought this has nothing to do with us..But yet it does. The birds mirgrate to the south for the winter..they may never come back because of eating toxins in bugs and ect..it will affect every seafood place in America..People will lose incomes because seafood will cost to much. It will affect the eastern seaboard of the U.S.A. and the Gulf coast of Florida...Florida was hit hard by the recession and all the livihoods of the coast of Florida both sides of Florida will be hit hard..I lived in Miami, Florida for 28 years..it thrives because of the beaches..Up the coast of the U.S.A. will be affected...It hurts to see this all happening..The People of the gulf ports are hurting..All I can do is pray and pray and pray...Thousands of jobs will be lost..The one thing we have to remember though is BP did't plan this.I agree where are all the musicans supporting world wide causes and not helping our own Country...Lisa

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

From the view out my window "anti-oil" has become so policially correct in our society, that the "average" citizens of our nation have forgotten that this BLOWOUT - not "spill" (shows you how little the media and Washington REALLY knows about the oil industry) is a MAJOR catastrophe for our ENTIRE nation. The economic and environmental impact of this will linger for more than a decade and will affect ALL American citizens. Most seem to be just too short sighted to see it.

I also see where our media is doing it's best to paint BP as a big ugly monster, often times implying that they could care less about this disaster - trust me, BP takes this VERY seriously.

Also, since BP ultimately shoulders the responsibility, financially and environmentally, I don't think the average citizen feels they have any responsibility to help the families located along the Gulf Coast - they figure it's BP's job.

Unfortunatly, simply because of the magnitude of this disaster, financial help from BP will be a while comming. It will take months and maybe even years for BP to verify validity of the mountain of claims that are already beginning to pour in.

What are these families to do while they wait? The last time I checked the mortgage companies, untility companies, grocer, etc. didn't accept I.O.U.'s. During the past 5 years the Gulf Coast has been SLAMMED with economic disaster - when will it end?

I am praying that America will put aside it's ill feelings about oil and come together to find solutions for the clean-up and provide releif for the thousands of families who could possibly loose everything they've worked for while awaiting reimbursment.

I also pray that the Christians of our nation will remember to pray comfort, strength, and peace over the nine families who lost loved ones in this horrible, horrible explosion.