Viewpoints And Opinions by John Liming
Over a thousand homes have been reported destroyed by Texas Wild Fires and the beleaguered state’s firefighting resources are reported to be extended almost to the limit now and there is, apparently, no relief in sight.
Property has been lost and lives have been lost and this is most definitely a tragedy of major proportions. I won’t argue that and my heart goes out to those who have suffered loss.
If ever there was a time to show the effectiveness of prayer in dealing with a crisis, this would be it. I, for one, would dearly love to have someone with a lot of clout with God get on bended knee and witness a miracle in this awful circumstance.
But I believe that it is going to take the prayers of more than one faithful person to move mountains in this instance and The Lord help any misguided soul who tries to make a political advantage out of this horrible scene down there in Texas.
We all know that God is no respecter of persons and that His Rain falls on the Just and on he Unjust. So, we need to pray for the folks in Texas.
“But I will tell you one thing: Texas is a place where some of those in power reportedly have long railed against government spending and now, for some strange reason, there are reports being circulated that some of those powerful people are actually complaining about the red tape that seems to be delaying the rush of Federal Assistance to their aid in this time of awful crisis and need.
In my mind, that kind of puts a damper on all the arguments coming out of the Far Right Wing Extremest side for draconian slashing of Federal Budgets for such purposes as disaster relief.
It has always been amazing to me how some of these Right Wingers can preach long and loud about the need to reduce the size of government and to put the lid on government spending without seemingly a thought about whether or not some awful disaster might someday appear on their own doorstep.
But guess what? Let their state or their community get slammed by a disaster and guess who is first at the window to receive their government help? You guessed it! Have you ever figured this out? I haven’t!
I have heard news reports that The Obama Administration has approved seven Federal grants to assist Texas with this horrible wildfire mess.
Think about that, folks! The President has approved seven Federal Grants to help one of our state governments in a time of horrific loss and crisis!
Would I be wrong in assuming that Texas will accept this gesture? After all the talk about cutting back government and reducing spending,will Texas refuse this “Handout?” We shall see!
Next question: If the Far Right Wing Extremists someday get their way and all the government disaster agencies are reduced to a state of near impotence by budget cutting, will those kinds of grants even be available anymore?
Do Far Right Wing Extremeist ambitions actually amount to them cutting their own throats without even realizing it?
I want someone to tell me what kind of rationale that kind of reasoning amounts to?
And, just to get off the political soapbox for a minute, I now wish to ask everyone who is reading this to actually stop what you are doing if you possibly can and pray for those in Texas who are suffering loss even at this minute.
Let us ask God to have mercy and to spare people loss and sadness at this time. Let us beseech God to send all avvailable aid and assistance as fast as possible and let us ask God to perform a few miracles for people we will never know in circumstances that we cannot begin to fathom.
Let us all join together, right now and send these prayers to a Loving, Caring an Able God who has all power in Heaven and Earth to hear and grant our petitions.
Thank you and Bless you.