A humanitarian effort

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00-sgreyLast week the United States was confronted with a serious problem with immigrant children in deciding on whether to send them back to their country plagued with danger or to keep them in the United States. With so many different opinions about this issue, a rational person can’t help but raise concerns on many levels.

The first level of concern is the need to address the danger and/or threats of danger these children face. Those with a heart full of love and compassion can’t sit back idly and do nothing.

Idle thinking and idle action does nothing but contribute to the problem. The United States, throughout its history has never looked the other way when it comes to humanitarian need. Yes, other countries may not get the attention they need and deserve (that’s another topic for a later discussion) but the truth of the matter is that the U.S. will extend its hand out to aid when possible.

Take care of home
The second level of concern is the problem that happens within neighborhoods of Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Atlanta, just to name a few. With so much talk about humanitarian aid for those fleeing from their countries racked with violence, it seems as though nothing is being done about what’s happening here in our own backyard. Every day, we hear news about brothers and sisters being gunned down and do nothing but say the streets are tough.

Sadly, there’s a numbing effect to the news of young brothers and sisters losing their life over violence. However, the news of international violence and turmoil seemingly makes national news and Sunday morning talk shows. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying that we should not care about the welfare of our international brothers and sisters, but whatever happened to caring for the welfare of our next-door neighbor (literally)?

The third level of concern is the lack of an outcry from many church leaders. I think it’s time to call out some of our mega church pastors to speak a prophetic word instead of concentrating on tinkling the ears of their congregants with money, money, and more money.

Church leaders and the church (in general) should concentrate on establishing programs that will clean up neighborhoods, teach entrepreneurship skills, enhance educational opportunities, and provide a safe haven for individuals who are struggling. The plethora of concerts isn’t doing anything to relieve violence. Seminars and conferences that don’t focus on self-love and community improvement are useless.

Show some compassion
It’s clear that a humanitarian effort must be made to the many displaced children coming from all over the world. As the world reaches out to them with loving arms, perhaps, just perhaps if the same care and concern were done to those within our own community, we would not be experiencing so much turmoil here at home.

I’m challenging you to call your local leaders and ask them what are they doing about the problems at home. Tell them they need to get involved in ridding the streets of their district of homelessness, economic apartheid, and social unrest. If they are so concerned about what’s happening elsewhere, ask them where is their concern locally if it’s not election time?

All of us have a call to be humanitarian. The dictionary defines humanitarian as ‘having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.’ In addition, it is ‘pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering.’ With that said, let’s be humanitarian at HOME and then abroad.

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an inspirational speaker, motivator, radio personality, author, life coach, and committed advocate for change. Contact him at drgrey@sinclairgrey.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.

2 Responses to A humanitarian effort

  1. Reinhold Schlieper

    A humanitarian focus knows no borders. There is no need for prioritizing. As one of the wealthiest societies of this world, we would not bankrupt ourselves if we were to stand up for children under the scourge of violence anywhere and everywhere.

  2. Elizabeth Roundtree

    This sounds nice but when you have illegals coming into your backyard it changes things. Several buses of children aged 12-17 mostly male from another country who don’t speak english isn’t exactly who I want roaming the streets, but that was set to happen in my hometown until the community let the government know about our outrage.
    And there was no grand economic impact as no one was being hired to watch over them (already had a group of employees), food was being shipped in and the money for housing was going to a private firm.
    I understand that everyone deserves a chance but why can’t it be somewhere else?

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