Over the course of the last couple of weeks, we have seen President Barack Obama speak to the NAACP, the Senate debate the Healthcare initiative, and former President Bill Clinton rescue two journalist from North Korea. All of these acts have shown our sensitivities toward our fellow Americans.
President Obama asked each of us to rise up and accept our responsibility to help our children learn, especially parents. Our President requested that we do what God has given us our right to do – teach our children. In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, God encourages us to “always remember these commands I give you today. Teach them to your children, and talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” God wants parents to ensure that the next generation receives the proper instruction to prosper.
President Obama explained that government has a role in providing the opportunities so that Americans, especially our children, can succeed. But, he also noted that parents have the more important role of ensuring that the opportunities are taken by children. God expects children to receive these nudges and pushes in the right direction from parents. Just look at Proverbs 4:1 where it says “my children listen to your father’s teaching; pay attention so you will understand.” Children can not raise themselves completely they need someone to push, encourage, and guide them through life. God made parents for this special job.
Senators are raging a debate on healthcare – who should be covered, what should be covered, and how to pay for coverage. Senators are receiving advice from entities suggesting don’t make changes healthcare and others who want a public healthcare option. It is widely known that millions of Americans do not have healthcare for many different reasons. It is also known that hundreds of thousands of people are entering bankruptcy because of healthcare expenses.
God tells us in Deuteronomy 15:11 that “there will always be poor people in the land, so I command you to give freely to your neighbors and to the poor and needy in your land.” He does not want us to overlook those who are needy around us. God wants us to help one another with our burdens. God wants us to share in the blessings He has given us. In 1 Timothy 5:8 God tells us that “…if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those in his household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.” Other Americans are our own – we all live in this country together striving toward its zeniths. We might not agree but we are all Americans, in it together.
Former Bill Clinton showed us that when he went to North Korea to bring home two American journalist. One must go and attend to a brother or sister in need. When asked to fly to North Korea to meet with its leadership concerning the American journalist, Bill Clinton did not hesitate to answer his country’s call. He came to his fellow countrymen’s need. When Jesus gives the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37, He explains that being a good neighbor is taking care of a friend in need. The Samaritan not only picked up and nursed the man who had been almost destroyed by robbers and thieves. But, the Samaritan took him to a place to sleep and eat and paid for it. The Samaritan made sure that the man was wholly attended.
God wants us to know that we are our brother’s keeper. We can’t prosper as a nation, family, or an individual without each looking out for one another. Someone you know may need some wisdom you have to give, help to heal, or even rescuing from a devastating circumstance. God tells us that the blessings He gives are not for us alone. In Genesis 12:2 -3, God says “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” We are not here just for ourselves; we are to help out our brothers and sisters. We are to be our brother’s keeper.
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