Monday, May 16, 2005

 

The Darfur Collection

Catez Stevens at AllThings2All has posted a diverse array of blog entries regarding the Genocide going on in Darfur. For those who are looking for some introductory information as to the nature of the atrocities currently taking place there, I'd highly recommend first checking out this earlier post by Catez. Kudos to her for putting this together. So now let's all turn our disgust into action by trying to do something to help end this terrible humanitarian crisis.

Some estimates put the total death toll in Darfur as high as 400,000 with another 10,000 dying every month. Those of us in the USA in particular tend to feel isolated and cut off from such atrocites, but our responsibilities here should be no less than if it were happening across the street. The commandment to love and show compassion for our "neighbor" has been illustrated to supercede any geographic or ethnic boundaries.

Luke 10:30-36 (Jesus in response to the question "And who is my neighbor?")

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you."

So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?

Our Lord gives each one of us a pretty clear choice here: Mercy or Apathy? Unfortunately, there has been a whole lot of the latter thus far.

Comments:
For some reason, Muslims killing people in Africa just don't seem to matter to anyone. Our failure to do anything over there is a travesty.
 
It is truly despicable what's going on there. The saddest thing is that American media is inundated with details about Brad Pitt's love life or Michael Jackson's trial, but when it comes to any reporting on the mass slaughter of innocent people in Africa... good luck hearing about it at all on the news.
 
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