WHEN “COMPASSION” BECOMES A TOOL FOR SELF-SERVING POLITICIANS
by RoseAnn Salanitri, TPATH Contributor, ©2014
While my heart may be wrenched for the innocent victims of this politically-created crisis, my intellect reminds me that charity is a noble Christian directive but responsibility for all the poor in the world is not – nor is compassion for the poor being used by despots something new under the sun. In the Gospel of John (12:6), we are told that Judas Iscariot berated Jesus for allowing Mary to anoint his feet with a costly perfume. There are two lessons to be learned from this passage. Judas’s argument was that the perfume could be sold and the money given to the poor. The passage goes on to tell us that Judas, the treasurer for Jesus and His Apostles, didn’t have any intentions of giving the money to the poor. He wanted it for himself. But that is not the end of the account. It concludes with a very odd statement from Christ. In the passage, Christ does not feel guilty about Mary using the perfume on Him, and he goes on to say that “the poor you will have with you always” (John 12:8).
A number of years ago, I heard a sermon based on the premise that although we understand that the devil uses our weaknesses against us (which he does), we fail to understand that the devil will often and very effectively use our strengths against us as well. Unfortunately, an argument can be made that this is exactly what is happening with the border crisis. America is perhaps the most compassionate country in the world – or perhaps the most compassionate country that ever existed. America is always the first to be there with support in any humanitarian crisis. But this time our compassion may be the very thing that is being used against us to bring in all manner of threats and absurdities into our country. Like Judas before them, those politicians who profess passion for the plight of these children may be more likely concerned with their own self-interests rather than the plight of the children. They often forget that they were elected to protect our Constitution and Rule of Law, not protect their careers or solve the problems of the world. This ignoble group of representatives has managed to continue the disintegration of what was once a noble country, reducing our Rule of Law into nothing more than a Rule of Their Personal Whims. Somewhere along the line, they have also managed to exchange the common sense most are born with for well-hidden personal ambitions that prey on the compassion of the American people. While BO may be the poster child for this fiasco, both major political parties have failed to deflect this tsunami out of fear of losing a few votes – that in and of itself makes them unqualified for the high calling of representing this country in any capacity.
To be clear, charity is noble. However, charity is also supposed to be dispensed on a personal or at least on a communal basis. In so doing, there is accountability. Local churches and neighbors know if their neighbors are truly in need or just gaming the system. Governments have no such knowledge. And while we are admonished to be charitable, we are not admonished to feel responsible for the poor of the entire world – that simply is foolish, impractical, and unrealistic.
Additionally, in our efforts to achieve what is foolish, impractical, and unrealistic, we have opened ourselves up to diseases, financial burdens, and the possibility of infiltrating terrorist plots. In that vein, I would be remiss for not mentioning that Bowe Bergdahl, a known Al Qaeda sympathizer and credibly alleged deserter, has been assigned to a base in San Antonio. For those who are unaware, the only base in San Antonio is Lackland Air Force Base, where these illegals (whoever they may be) are first being detained. Aside from the illogical and ill-advised move to have Bergdahl assigned anywhere other than somewhere waiting to be court-martialed, it is of great concern that this terrorist sympathizer has been assigned to a base where terrorists may be stealthily entering the country. God help all of us if this proves to be another instance where the Teflon Traitor-in-Chief is once again revealed as the Teflon Traitor-in-Chief.
The border crisis raises many questions and concerns – all of them contributing to the inescapable awareness of the criminal incompetence of an out-of-control and self-serving government. At least Judas had the presence of mind to hang himself after he realized what he had done; however, we don’t have any reason to believe those in government have any such presence of mind, or this border crisis would simply not exist. By comparison, Judas was far nobler than we can ever hope them to be. As for this writer, I would be happy if the incompetents and traitors who occupy seats of authority in the people’s government would for once do something decent and just resign – starting at the top with the Teflon Traitor-in-Chief.
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