Saturday, August 21, 2010
Flooding in Pakistan
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Now for my thoughts on the video.
First of all, I cried. My tears were out of sadness that this has happened, compassion for the victims, anger at the international community, frustration with the church for not responding, anger with God for letting it happen, trust in God for being present with the victims, and faith in God that somehow there is still good in the world - even if it's in two boys who comfort each other.
Ann Curry, one of the people I admire greatly as a reporter and human being, implies at the end of the video that the soul of Pakistan is at stake since terrorists will take over in the flooded regions, using suffering for their own agenda. I know that she is desperate for flood aid, and is saying whatever will motivate people to give. But I hate that by doing so, she also used suffering to reinforce American foreign policy. The kids in the video are crying because they're hungry, not because they fear a war on terror. And we need to be giving, because they're hungry and we're not.
I know not everyone in the world follows Christ, turns the other cheek, and gives because they love instead of because they fear. But I really can't stand this new media spin. And yet, if it brings in more donations, then so be it. Let's feed them first, and argue about it later. Please, please give.
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