American Values (Part 2)

All the sudden, the Janjaweed comes,
and they rape us.
But the government says we are not Sudanese,
we are Chadian.
But no, we are not.
This is our land.
They rape us, and they kill us.
Who can we depend on to help us?
We can only depend on Allah, the Creator.
-Song of Darfurian Rape Victims

And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech. (Leviticus 20:4-5 ESV)

This passage from Leviticus has something very important to tell us here in America. You see, God holds people responsible for the sins that they deliberately ignore. If we purposefully turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the plights of the people in Sudan and Chad, we are guilty of the crimes that are being committed against those people. And because of that guilt, God’s judgment rests on us.

Where do our values really lie here in America? Are we seeking justice? Are we really making the world safe for freedom and human rights? I, personally, don’t see this being the case.

While we are off in Iraq forcing democracy on a people who really don’t seem to want it, there is a people a few thousand miles south of where we are shouting for our help. They want us to come and free them from oppression. A genocide is happening in a country who really has nothing to offer us as we sit, seemingly unmoving, in a country that supplies us with oil. Is this really the image that we want to portray to the world community?

The United States is blocking U.N. Security Council action on the human rights crisis in Darfur on account of the Bush administration’s hostility to the International Criminal Court…the United States proposed splitting a U.N. Security Council draft resolution on Sudan into three separate resolutions, none of which would authorize a tribunal to prosecute crimes against humanity in Darfur. (Human Rights Watch)

That was last year. As of now, there is the possibility of a peacekeeping force being sent in, but, guess who isn’t on that force. If you guessed the US, you’re right. Something is terribly wrong.

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (Proverbs 14:31 ESV)

And what is the American Christian community doing about this? It seems as if we are doing little to nothing. I know there are individual people and churches, but we as a whole are just as guilty as our nation of closing our eyes and ears to the cries of these people.

Something has got to give.

If we are going to claim a pro-life stance based on the sanctity of human life, then we need to be consistent with that ethic. If all life is sacred, then the lives of these people in a poor nation are just as sacred as a fetus in the womb. We give our worst criminals a chance to a humane death in this country. We even swab the place where the needle goes in so that he or she doesn’t get an infection. But we can’t go into a strife-torn country and save a people who are being raped, murdered, having their homes destroyed, and many other such things.

Thanksgiving is aproaching. We have much in this nation to be thankful for. But don’t let the fact that we are blessed blind you to the fact that there are other people in the world who don’t have things as good as we do.

Take time this Thanksgiving to remember those in the world without a table full of food to glut themselves on.

Take time to remember those in the world who don’t have clean water.

Take time to remember those in the world who don’t have the freedom to speak and act in any way that they choose.

And if you have the opportunity, help someone else have something to be thankful for. Help someone less fortunate than yourself.

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