Do you care Enough to do something?
I have read that highly decorated men like Upham have at least one thing in common: They are often older brothers who were used to protecting younger siblings before the war. In the field this translated into looking after their men. Apparently Captain Upham was like this. He merely extended what was already there to encompass those people he wasn't immediately related to. He placed himself at risk to thwart the enemy of his new "family".
Today though. Well, today we seem to have some rather different ideas about where our priorities should lie.
Bill Warner launches a scathing and thoroughly deserved attack on the Western Church's refusal to defend their brothers and sisters undergoing persecution. When I recall that Warner converted from Christianity to Buddhism I can't help but wonder if this sort of cowardice and hypocrisy on our part had a part to play in that decision.
I remember too one particular senior man in the church when some of us were wrestling with the paedophile pastor issue I've mentioned. When asked his thoughts he replied "I'm watching". And that is all he ever did. Watch. He did nothing to help. He may as well not have been there.
Furthermore, I myself have attended an Anglican Synod as an observer where the issue of Syrian migrants was raised. There was a strong feeling among delegates that New Zealand should accept far more of them - but regardless of religion. One person even spoke out passionately that we shouldn't prioritise Christians over Muslims because this is what Jesus would do. He received widespread support in this. Hmmm...
Jesus indeed tells us to love even our enemies.
He also tells us to love our Family of Faith and to prioritise helping them whenever we can. Galatians 6.10 says "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers".
Perhaps 1 Tim 5.8 might also have some bearing on this issue. Perhaps it doesn't just impinge on the responsibilities we have to our natural family:~
"Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
Hmmm. Dunno. What do you think?
Introducing this 6 minute video, Warner writes:~
Why are so many Muslim refugees coming to the US? Why do so few persecuted Christians come? The answer is the position of the churches. The biggest door into US society is the church door. The Christians and Jews love to attend interfaith gatherings where they sit and nod their heads yes to all that the Muslims say.
But the Christian and Jewish leaders are ignorant about Islam. They know nothing about the Islamic doctrine of Christian and Jew hatred. But what is worse is that they refuse to learn.
Christian leaders have developed a doctrine of the coward to justify their pious ignorance and fear. They are all about turning the other cheek, loving their enemies, and doing nothing while waiting for Jesus to return. They are incapable of boldness and courage. Wimps all (well, about 95% of them).
And if you are not a Christian, why aren’t you concerned with the greatest human rights tragedy happening today—the killing of religious minorities in Islamic lands? Why can’t persecuted Christians come as refugees to America? When will Christians care about the persecution of their own brothers and sisters?
What has happened to us (Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and all others) that we are no longer able to have moral outrage? Righteous anger?