President Obama sends Troops To Africa…Do you Agree? Or Disagree?
First, let me start out by saying this is probably the first thing that I actually agree with as far as what President Obama chose to do concerning the Military, the Department of Defense, and Veteran’s Affairs. As a disabled veteran, well, let’s just say, since the nearest VA clinic closest to where I live, was shut down, yearly raises to my monthly disability payments has ceased, and my VA doctors don’t even take the time out to really look at my MRI’s anymore, I haven’t been the happiest person in the world. But I do agree with this decision. Let me explain why.
I agree with President Obama’s decision because there are too many troops out there that are being trained for nothing. Well, what do you mean? I mean, there are Millions of dollars spent on the same soldiers that you want to bring home so badly, the same soldiers who signed up to do exactly what they are doing (those that are in different countries carrying out their missions), the same soldiers who (especially Marines) don’t want to come back home and leave their fellow brothers out there on the mission field. Yes, hard to believe, isn’t it? Well, put yourself in their shoes:
You willingly join the Marine Corps. Something motivated you, whether it was your father or your grandfather who was in the military, or maybe it was something as simple as a commercial you saw that made your heart skip a beat when you saw that soldier helping his fellow brother out of harms way. Whatever it was, you made the decision. You go through boot camp. You graduate. Nothing in your life can make you feel prouder than the moment you get your rank pinned on your collar. Nothing. That’s it, You are ready! A little time goes by and finally, it happens. You get orders. The first time you hear about it, excitement, fear, thankfulness to get a chance to join the fight…all these feelings well up into tearful eyes, but you don’t cry, because you are a Marine. You may tear, but you don’t cry. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.
On the field, bullets flying past you. A fellow Marine gets shot, another one throws himself over a grenade to save your life. So much happens in a blink of an eye. “Is this what I signed up for,” runs through your head for a split second, only a second because there’s no time to ponder when your Sargent smacks you on your Kevlar and says, “Wake up, Corporal, and cover Jennings.” There comes those feelings again. Those tears try to well up, but you know you need your vision to align your sites. No time to dwell on petty things like feelings. A fellow Marine needs your help.
Jennings makes it. You grab the Marine who was shot and he survives. This is what it’s all about.
You just took part in a mission that saved a whole village of foreigners from getting blown up by their own people.
You finally get access a few weeks later to the internet. You see all this media about how everybody wants to bring all the troops home. Then you look to your left and you see a five year old girl that you managed to alert a bomb squad about. They managed to get the bomb off the five year old that was put on by her parents before it was detonated. She smiles at you. Those tears come back. And all you can do is just smile, shake your head and say to yourself, “If they only knew.”
We don’t want to accept the truth when the truth hurts, and it normally does when it doesn’t affect us or anything within our own little circle. But that doesn’t change it from being the Truth. There are people all over the world suffering from different circumstances. Am I saying that we should send out our Armed forces all over the country to try and right every wrong? No. Then, what are you saying? I’ll tell you what I’m saying…we don’t have to save the world, we can’t. This world will never be saved (Revelation 21:1). But we can take a few pointers from The Good Samaritan.
Everyone’s heard about The Parable of the Good Samaritan told by Jesus Christ. You can find it in Luke 10:25-37. A lawyer asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus, being Jesus (as awesome as He is) answered the question with a question: “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” This is how smooth Jesus is. How would it sound today? It would sound a little something like this: Well, what does the law say, Lawyer? What is your interpretation of it? In other words, you should already know this, man! So, the lawyer quotes Deuteronomy 6:5 which says,
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus tells him that he got the right answer and as long as he does this, he will live. But the lawyer, being a lawyer (Lol), was looking for a loophole, sort of like a minimum requirement. So, he asks Jesus,
And, who is my neighbor?
Here’s where Jesus makes it very clear about what He means when He says “neighbor.” He tells the lawyer the story of The Good Samaritan. But before we go there, what do we think about when we hear the word, “neighbor?” I know I think about people who live next door to me or on the same floor as me if I live in an apartment building. Maybe even on the same street as me. Do we see each and every country in the world as our “neighbor?” Well, let’s see what Jesus said (says):
Here’s a little background of these verses: There was a man that was on a seventeen mile journey from Jerusalem to Jericho. He was traveling on a road that was known to harbor many robbers. They would hide in caves along the way and attack their victims. The traveler was jumped by a bunch of thieves who took his clothes, beat him up and left him there dying…Dang! Poor man, right? We can guess he was Jewish since he was traveling from Jerusalem. So, here’s what takes place:
- First, a Priest passes him by
- Then a Levite passes him by
- Now here comes a Samaritan
Let me first give you a little background about the Samaritan, and please stay with me, I promise I have a point. The Samaritans were despised by Jews because most of the Jews from that region had intermarried with foreigners. So, Samaritans and Jews got along as well as fire and ice. What happened next is the last thing you would expect a Samaritan to do:
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.
Now, remember, this is Jesus telling a parable. So, Jesus asks the lawyer,
So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?
And he said, “He who showed Mercy on him”.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
So, how would this parable play out today? Let’s take a look:
An American goes to Mexico on vacation and gets robbed, beaten and thrown into an alley next to a bar. A cop strolls by, see’s the guy, and keeps walking. Then an American walks by, takes a look at the guy and looks around. Then he quickly walks away. Then a Mexican Gangster takes a look at the guy, sees his condition, and he feels bad for the man. So, he knelt down next to him, took off his shirt and ripped it into sections to wrap it around his wounds, pouring on liquor; and carried him to his car. He drove him to the nearest hotel and got a room for them to stay in. He cared for the American, feeding him, and doing all he could for someone he didn’t know so that the stranger would make it through the night. The next day, he took out his Visa card, gave it to the check-out lady at the front desk of the hotel, and said to her, “Make sure no one touches him. Whatever he needs, give it to him. I’ll be back.
I know my scenario may be a little drastic, I mean comparing a Samaritan to a thug is a bit off, but the point is not the comparison of the two. it is the comparison of the one who is hurt and the one who has compassion. Again, this is not to compare America or the President with a gangster, but more so with The Good Samaritan.
For so many years, we have known the situation in Africa…I’m sorry, I just took a break to look at President Obama’s letter again and this time I read the comments and they actually brought tears to my eyes. I cannot believe what I just read. I won’t quote any names, but here’s one comment:
I thought we were broke….what happened to what the people want JOBS! here not over seas……
yes I feel bad for the people of Africa, but when is he ( Obama) going to help the people of our country?
I still have tears in my eyes as I put these comments in my own post. How can people be so heartless? Do they, you, we, America…do we really understand what’s going on out there and how blessed we are? I am at a lost for words right now and I just want to pray.
Thank you so much for allowing us to live in a country where we can just go to a store and buy things that we take for granted, such as bread and milk. Thank you Lord for allowing us to have running water in our houses and apartments. Thank you Jesus, for allowing us to live in such a country where we don’t have to worry about getting rapped every time we step out of the house. Thank you so much that we don’t have to worry about our children getting sexually abused by our local authorities and not being able to do a thing about it because then they would just kill us all. Thank you Lord that my husband can work at McDonalds if he were to get fired today because there’s always a place to work in America. Thank you Lord for this wonderful country that claims we have our Trust in You. I pray that more and more will realize how blessed we truly are to be in this country, even going into 2012. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I feel much better now. Ok, we left off at: for so many years, we’ve known the situation in Africa and what they have been going through. We get updates every year on it. But we CHOOSE to ignore it because it doesn’t affect us. And if we can push it out of our minds, then it doesn’t exist, right? Wrong. Whether we choose to think about it or not, people are being used in Africa in ways we won’t discuss here. Horrible, Horrible ways. And they can’t do anything about it because their family will be targeted.
Africa needs our help. Yes, President Obama has ties to Africa. So, does that make helping Africa a bad thing? Seriously? It’s like we look for any excuse we can to cover up our own selfishness.
I don’t want the President to send our troops to Africa…because America needs jobs
I think the president has his own agenda by doing this
This is WWIII we’re creating
How can we take care of others if we can’t take care of ourselves (saying this while looking up songs on their new IPad and listening to music on their IPhone)
America is taking the step once again to be that Good Samaritan. Our troops, you know, the ones who signed up to do exactly this, are in need of our support. Here’s an idea! Instead of talking about how they are going to die out there, why don’t we have a little faith in our troops. Why don’t we give them a little encouragement in doing what they have been training to do. If you went to school to be a doctor for ten years and finally your first surgery and all your assistants in the room are like, “I don’t know why they picked you, well, this guy’s a goner,” I wonder how that surgery would turn out.
So, I agree with President Obama sending the troops to Africa. Do you? Please leave your answers, comments, thoughts, and feedback below. Thank you for stopping by once again. Till next time…