Our hearts break for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
Here are 7 things you should know about this disaster:
No. 1: The Spirit of America Shines — The spirit of one person helping another is alive and well in the United States. It’s called the independent sector of volunteerism. It’s not the government, but people helping people, volunteering the American way. We see it daily in the aftermath of the most devastating hurricane to hit our shores. It is stranger helping stranger, pitching in to provide food or shelter or even a rescue on a boat. This spirit is best summed up by Alexis de Tocqueville, a French diplomat and student of American democracy, who wrote:
“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
No. 2: Individuals Produce Better Results Than the Government – In any crisis, the government is slow and bureaucratic. The call for help in times of need is better answered by churches, Christian groups and individual volunteers than any unwieldy government bureaucratic agency. President Trump and FEMA have responded to the crisis, noting that “Texas has never seen an event like this.” But there is only so much ground the government agencies can cover. Much of the one-on-one, hand-in-hand work comes from the “independent sector” – men and women helping one another. This is where Samaritan’s Purse, the Salvation Army and other groups have rolled up their sleeves and went to work in Texas.
No. 3: It Is Absolutely Shameful How the Liberal Media Uses the Hurricane to Project It’s Animosity Against Trump, Conservatives and Christians: Instead of rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to help those impacted by the flooding, media outlets have decided to exploit the following:
- Falsely attack Joel Osteen and other churches over opening their doors to victims.
- Criticize President Trump for arriving to the disaster area too early – or too late.
- Even Melania Trump’s shoes!
- Listen to CNN’s Jim Acosta fret that Trump would slam ‘fake news’ during the hurricane.
- Politico had to pull its “Angels! Sent by God!” cartoon mocking hurricane victims after much criticism.
Don’t believe the media. They are out of touch. No wonder one mother with freezing kids yelled at a CNN reporter trying to interview her at a shelter.
No. 4: Hope That Bureaucrats Don’t Get in the Way of America’s Volunteer Spirit: Believe or not, there are efforts under way to stop charities and volunteer groups, such as the Cajun Navy and the Cajun Army, from operating on their own. There are those who want these volunteers to come under the control of FEMA. It would add disaster to a disaster by stifling and delay the arrival of immediate help in times of need.
No. 5: If You Are Doing Business in the Disaster Area – If you’re a business owner who markets nationally, know you will be tremendously impacted. For a list of 7 things you should do, including suspending your marketing and advertising to the area, CLICK HERE.
No. 6: How You Can Help:
- Please pray for the people and the relief workers that they be safe. Vice President Mike Pence joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a proclamation declaring Sunday to be a Day of Prayer in his state.
- If you can, travel to Houston and volunteer to help first-responders.
- Donate relief packages through the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other agencies.
- Donate to Samaritan’s Purse by CLICKING HERE:
- Prepare! A disaster can hit anywhere, anytime, so be prepared with essentials such as flashlights, batteries, radio, clothing, food and water.
No. 7: Where Is God in All of This? That question was eloquently answered by the Jeremiah Johnston family, who said their faith kept them afloat in this crisis. He points to Romans 8:28, noting that “All things work together for good to those who love God.” His testimony is that while the epic flooding shows no mercy, God does. To watch his moving 6-minute interview, CLICK HERE:
What we are watching unfold is the best of America in the worst of times.
Watch this powerful 3-minute video on local churches coming together to help in rescue efforts.
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