America spreading aid thin

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With wars, crises and upheaval all over the world, America is being asked to aid many hurting nations.

Ultimately, the U.S. cannot meet the demands of every person who cries out for aid—there are simply too many of them.

We too have our own battles to fight, our own children and our own lives.

However, as a Christian nation, we must remember to follow the guidelines set for us in the Bible.

Philippians 2:4 says: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others,” (KJV).

If we as a nation are to succeed, we must work to ease the burden of hurting nations.

Counter to popular notion and human tendencies, lending a hand to others not only helps them, but it helps us.

If we follow God in our daily affairs, including our foreign policies, then our nation will be better for it.

Take, for example, the crisis in Libya. After their leader Muammar al-Gaddafi’s 42-year reign of terror ended, their nation has still been feeling the repercussions of the unrest.

Civil war has led to the deaths of thousands and has caused about a million to flee the country.

President Barack Obama reacted by sending aid to Libya in the form of airstrikes and military endeavors against the forces of Gaddafi.

According to the New York Times, Obama thought we had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict.

He said. “I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.”

Had America not intervened, the mass murdering of innocent civilians would have continued.

We showed that we have the capability to provide aid without putting our nose into everything.

In 2011, a massive earthquake caused a tsunami, which killed thousands of people and ruined resources of Japan.

Many countries combined forces to send help to the island so that work could be done in the most productive manner.

Had the United States tried to fulfill the burdens alone, there would be problems within our own borders as well.

As a nation, we must remember that we, too, need help.

Though we won’t be able to take care of every nation, it is vital to help those we can.

Author: Tyler Agnew

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