say about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that wouldn’t be a cliche?
The amazing thing to me is how it is affecting people not directly involved in it. I see all around me the walking dead, just like zombies in old Boris Carloff movies. The suffering of other humans is taking it’s toll, yet they cannot just turn off the news and not watch or listen. Not only the suffering but the depravity of those that have chosen to turn this tragedy into their personal gain. How anyone could break windows and take consumer goods other than basic survival items is well beyond the pall. Rapes and beatings on a whim. If anyone ever thought that rape was about sexual gratification, what could possibly be gratifying about forcing a woman (or boy) to pleasure you while you are lying in the middle of human waste?
They say that tragedies such as this brings out the best and worst in people. And I’m certain that is true. The problem is that the heroes won’t be mentioned until well after the chaos has subsided and all that we see are those that aren’t the heroes. In the meantime, what we see are images of thugs, thieves, plunderers, looters; lawlessness.
On top of these images, we see people that are not grateful for the work that is being done to help them. And there is much work being done. Thousands of people are doing their absolute best to bring relief to those in need. Yet we focus on the screams and cries of those that do not think it is adequate. MRE’s are good enough for our military, yet when we drop thousands of them to the affected personnel, we hear that they are not what they should have. We, as Americans, have created an entire class of people that think they are entitled to anything they want, without having to put forth effort to obtain it. Then, we wonder why people are selfish, have hard hearts and do not care about their neighbors.
There is hope. In the midst of great personal crisis, Paul said:
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
We need to learn contentment. It is not something that can be had overnight. It is a process, a part of maturing in the love and grace of Jesus Christ. We need to remind ourselves that their is hope.