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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Concerning Katrina...The Rant

My last post was a poem I wrote the other I will explain it...

I have one thing to say today about hurricane Katrina. This is a tragedy. This is chaos. This is a sad state of affairs. Some people genuinly wish to help (and are), some people say it, but wont step up to the plate. People sit in their houses and blame Bush for not helping. The journalists report the disaster and then move onto the sports update (no emotions added). And then the people involved in the situation are in pain, need support, and help. But what about the warnings?

You see, they knew Katrina was calling. They were told to leave (they stayed put). They were given a chance to claim safety. Many fled, but many aslo stayed. And now the world blames Bush and the U.S. Government. Now the world (USA mostly) claims ingnorance. And folks, I am sick of it!

The problem is not the governments. It's not Bush's. It is not even New Orleans or America's. The problem is...YOU! Yes, No Joke. The problem lies within us all. We see the need and then pass on it for something closer to home or more comforting. We need to do something about this...

This issue (New Orleans) reminds me a lot of the worlds view of the church (as an organization). People expect to walk into a church and be fed or ministered to. The thought of them ministering never crosses their minds. WHY? "oh, that is the job of my pastor and his staff, not mine." WRONG!!! The church is not meant to be the only ministers. We are supposed to be the ministers. We are supposed to be going into the community and showing Christ's love and compassion. Not the church or in Katrina's case...the government.

We as a country need to get off of our butts (i would love to use another word here), and start doing some action. Quit hypothisizing and go do it!! Even if you are 3,000 miles away...use your brain, I am sure you can figure out a way to get involved (pity does not count).

Jesus perspective:

Jesus was the greatest servant ever. (you are now asking what servanthood has to do with KAtrina...I say...Everything!) We as believers are called to be servants...right now we need to answer that call.

Simply put...

1. Chose service over self interest.
a) don't ask about what the government/ country should be doing. ask what you can do for the country. (This should not be the simple should take you out of your comfort zone)

2. Think like a servant.
a) We need to have the right attitude, not aptitude.
b) It is our mindset, not our ability.

Philippians 2:5-11 (read it for yourself in your own version please)

c) When a servant does something, it is always for the good of another, never for his own goopd.
d) A servant puts the interests of God and others ahead of his or her own.

Check it out...some more perspective

John 13:4-5

Peter didn't like this at all. He believed Jesus, as the guest of honor, should not be doing this (washing the feet of the disciples). Have you ever stopped and wondered why Peter got so ticked?? Perhaps because Peter knew it was not Jesus responsibility in the first place. Washing feet was the job for the lowest of slaves (some people might put the government in this position). This was unheard of! Jesus was their teacher. If anything, they should be washing His feet.

You see "The room was filled with proud hearts and dirty feet. The disciples were willing to fight for a throne (perhaps better taxes), but fighting for a towel (Katrina) never crossed their minds." In other words..."We are willing to bash the government and blame them, when we should be the ones picking up th slack and pulling the weight."

We are so keen on blaming and pointing the finger. And yet really, what are we doing to help? We are called to is a perfect opportunity. Will you chose to blame your government, hide behind your fritos and telivision, or figure out a way to get the job done? I am sure you can come up with something...

I leave you with this story...these are not my words...i do not know who wrote this...but it fits well...

The Four People-

This is a little story about 4 people named EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, and NOBODY.
There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that because it was EVERYBODYS job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it, but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn't do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done...


Anonymous Lara said...

I don't blame anyone for what happened.... the only one "at blame" would be the one who does control the weather... whom I happen to believe is God.

I don't blame people for not leaving though...particularly those that had no means with which to leave.

However, things have gone from bad to worse... unfortunate things have been said (cue the Barbara Bush quote from the other day)... responses have appeared to be delayed... poor choices were made by those that had power to help at critical times... but still... no one is at specific or particular fault for the death and desctruction of the cities along the gulf coast. However, the event has taken place... even if everyone had left and no people had been killed, there has been an incredible destruction of property and for many people, everything they owned is now completely gone.

Do we just leave them to fend for themselves because they "should have known better?"

3:46 PM

Blogger P Keener said...

Excellent post. You hit right at the heart without over politicizing it.

4:02 PM

Blogger Benjamin said...


Did you actually read the whole post, or just the first three paragraphs.

your question "do we just leave them to fend for themselves because they should have known better." that is answered throughtout the next part of the text that you obviously did not read...

thank you

8:34 PM

Anonymous Lara said...


I wasn't trying to disagree with you. In fact, I thought I was agreeing.


P.S. What have you decided you can do for the country?

8:01 AM

Blogger Benjamin said...

Well, right now I am 8,000 miles away in India...

But I believe I can continue to support my country(and government) here in India. I believe that I have a voice here that can provide a good statement of what is "really" happening in the states. I actually know people who live in Louisiana...I can comfort that family...I can pray for that family...I can donate money...I can do a lot of things...but it's really not about proving what you or I CAN is about Getting the job done. (this is not a cop out...i promise)

10:35 AM

Blogger Lara said...


I don't think it's a cop out at all.

Thanks for being willing to dialogue with me.

6:15 PM

Blogger Troy said...

Wow man, to be quite honest, I'm not sure what to say. I know that you want to support America and it's government, and for good reason. I think that's awesome, I wish I could do the same after all this.

Should I have towed my boat down there the day after the storm hit to pull people off their roofs? Should I have had my fleet of refridgerated trucks following close behind with the tons of water and food needed? Should I have sent my chopper down there right away? My point is this, the government had a job, a role that they assumed and promised to fufill throughout the first days following the storm...and they failed miserably.

Now that the people are for the most part out of the area, I now have a huge reponsibility to help in any and all ways I can both locally with coming evacuees to Portland and nationally with the various releif efforts. But did I have the responsibility last week when I (a) didn't have the needed resources to mount a rescue effort effectively, and (b) the government ha the needed resources and have "volunteered" to fill that role in case of a disaster? I have to say that my responsibility in the initial phases was to support, pray, call to action, and even call to account those who willingly stepped into the role of rescue operations and have failed to act decisively and timely. I guess it's just hard for me to think of that as complaining about the government, maybe I'm not the kind of person you were talking about.

Just my 2 cents.

1:18 AM

Blogger Benjamin said...

You were not one of those people...

And I agree with you completely...the government did have an obligation and did promise to do the job...But...we are also supposed to help...Troy, you listed some great things to do...(not the sarcastic ones)but the ones from the heart...I do not see it as complaining. I agree with your fact i miss being able to hear your opinions really helped me to form my own...I am just saying that we can only bash on the president for so long...before we need to get off are arses and do something about it...

does that make sense??

1:26 AM

Blogger Tiggity said...

hmmm. I've written similar posts, ben, and received similar responses. If only the people that inspired the rant could read it... but instead those who read and respond are the ones who rekindle our faith in human nature and make us feel dumb for ever exposing the problem to start with. There is a problem with people, undoubted. But sometimes we can be capable of great things. It sounds like your readers are smart, well balanced people who keep you on your toes. Keep writing and pray they keep reading.

3:16 AM

Blogger Benjamin said...

Thanks Tyler...

Hopefully they will continue to read...there is good news to be added here soon...

5:20 AM


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