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WE ARE DOOMED! SOMEONE IS DOOMED! THE NATION IS DOOMED! DOOM!
This may be true, but what to do?
People - Lot - Money - Money - Causes
Some very clever people get paid a lot of money to stir us up. They raise money (sometimes for good causes, sometimes for grift). They get us to do things.
Meanwhile, our local school could use paint and books. There is a lonely elderly neighbor who could use a phone call and a nice long chat. Someone sick could use some funds. A local leader, someone with competence and character, is going to lose because all the money is going national.
Who should we help?
When I was a boy, there were a few general principles, drawn from the Bible and wise heads, that worked (fairly) well:
Neighbor - Needs - Help
If a neighbor needs and wants help, help them.
If you see a problem and can and should fix it, do so.
Justice - Mercy
Do justice with mercy.
When it comes time to vote, do so if there is someone you can support. Local races and primaries matter most.
Meantime - Business
Meantime: Mind your own business.
This was not a call to selfishness, but self-examination. Tending to our own souls, our own faults, and helping the people God put in our lives is a lot to do. Failure to tend to our own duties is often why other people cannot mind their own business and end up having to help!
Business - Help - God - Family - Church
Sometimes, sadly, we cannot “mind our own business. ” We need help and so God has ordained family, church, and state to help. Generally, local help is best, because such aid can be best directed and does not destroy culture, customs, and community. There are times local help fails, because the systems are busted: think of “Jim Crow” laws that stifled liberty through local social, religious, and government power. The central government had to intervene!
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