Chasing the Wind

News. Faith. Nonsense.

What I Have Seen Since Katrina:

The poor and the wealthy hurt by the storm, Black, white, Hispanic,
oriental and Indian all hurt by the storm.

Christian people giving, giving, giving.

Churches going all out to minister in Jesus’ name Neighbors going door to
door helping one another Thugs and hoodlums going door to door looking
for someone vulnerable.

Ice and water being fought over as police tried to keep the peace.

People coming up from New Orleans taking over empty houses because
shelters are full.

Out of town volunteers coming with food and staying for now a week still
serving it.

The Churches all over this part of the country doing what Christians do
in a crisis.

Fema doing a wonderful job in getting help to us The red Cross doing a
great job in the shelters.

The Salvation Army doing a great job in the community.

Four Hundred crewman from everywhere bring back the power to our homes,
churches and businesses.

Lines at service stations a block to a mile long.

National Guardsman patrolling the streets of Mccomb along with Kentucky
policemen protecting us from the hoodlums and thugs of McComb, Pike
and New Orleans (the most dangerous city in the world before Katrina).

Drug dealers working outside shelters.

Doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel working tirelessly, even
sleeping in the hospital to do the job God called them to do.


The ACLU setting up a feeding line. People for the American Way helping
the shelters The NAACP doing any work whatsoever The American Atheist
organization serving meals in the shelters. Jesse Jackson directing
at the gas stations

I could go on but you get my message. Its the Christian people with love
and compassion who do the work. The gripers in Congress should come on
and get in line to pass the water and the ice.

Boy I feel better now.

19 responses to “What I Have Seen Since Katrina:”

  1. How do you know all the volunteers helping out were Christians? Maybe the atheists just don’t bother mentioning their beliefs while they’re out helping.

    Yes, a lot of Christians did a lot of good work. So did a lot of non-Christians. Why draw the line?


  2. The point is that you don’t see any atheist organizations helping out. Sure, there were some non-Christians there, but Second Baptist alone trained 40,000 volunteers to serve food. The 40,000 consisted of dozens of religions – Muslims, Hindus, Jews, even Methodists 😛 – but there was no organized atheist group trying to help.

    I suspect even if you found atheists helping, it was far fewer than the 40,000 from Operation Compassion.


  3. More on this topic here after a call from American Atheist organization to President Bush to stop invoking the name of God.


  4. Gosh, and I guess that couldn’t be because most athiests don’t actually belong to some organized athiest group? Or because the large percentage of Christian organizations that stepped in is proportional to the ratio of Christian to non-Christian organizations?

    My company had volunteers organized and ready so soon that we had to wait because there wasn’t even a need for volunteers yet. Does that make corporate America more compassionate than religious America?

    Don’t get me wrong – I think that the Christian community did a terrific job. I just don’t think they have any sort of lock on love, compassion, or willingness to help.


  5. Everyone sees what they want to see. I see volunteers of all backgrounds, of all beliefs helping. I see neighborhoods gathering together to help those in need. My neighborhood, for example, gathered 5 trucks of supplies to take to the shelters in Houston. My side business of real estate investors, have opened their hearts and their rent houses to help those without homes live somewhere rent free until FEMA steps in. I see my family, my non-secular nuclear family, open their hearts and their wallets to those in need. But again, people only see what they want to see.


  6. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe the Red Cross is faith based and contrary to popular belief, is not funded by the goverment but by private citizens and businesses. And I would say emergency relief in the form of over $2 billion is fairly significant.


  7. I see Courtney on too much caffeen.


  8. I just got this in a forwarded email, but knew I had seen it here. The email attributes it to A McComb of Mississippi.

    Is this yours or did you get it as an email too?


  9. O know what I saw – 40,000 people of faith serving, hands-on. Serving.

    Red Cross was originally founded by a Unitarian as a faith based service.


  10. Bet they weren’t all of faith. I know people who volunteered with churches who did not belong to the church. Just not liking the inferences here.


  11. I saw red cross with a whole parking lot of new sedans after money pored in for 9-11……… my point is they waist alot of your money… just give blood.. they won’t give that to terrorists overseas


  12. Well, I did see that an abortion doctor in New Orleans was providing free abortions to Katrina victims….perhaps an atheist?

    Did anyone see any non-christian organization helping out? Feel free to post here. I did see the Muslim community, and the Buddhist (sp?) community here in Houston pitching in. I don’t think that non-Christian groups were the only ones to help out.

    But did anyone see those groups that Michael mentioned? I would think that some publicity would have leaked out. Perhaps their humility was such that they decined the publicity. People, businesses yes. ACLU/NAACP no.


  13. did anyone see any suburb folks looting? Or rich folk? I think not. Not sure what this says about poor folk. ❓


  14. Non-faith based groups helping out? Let’s see, yes the Real Estate Investors Club of Houston was organizing volunteers as well as finding investors to donate empty houses. My kid’s schools were taking up collections. The real estate club happens to be the only organization I belong to. Contrary to popular belief, the non-believing heathens don’t actually belong to an organization to practice their non-beliefs.


  15. Courtney – no, no, no,
    We like heathans too.
    Michael mentioned only the ACLU/NAACP and atheists. (Well, OK his last sentence was somewhat exclusionary, but I had to read it through twice before I saw it).

    But, if you would like to argue, then I make the following fallacious statement:

    ONLY Christian groups donated anything to victims of Katrina.

    There, have at it.

    Criminy, type the word Christian and it’s like throwing a match into gasoline.
    It’s like Kryptonite to some people.



  16. Actually, Stephen made the original post. I just agreed to it. 😛


  17. Thanks for playing along, Sean. But I’m done. Said what I needed to. 🙂


  18. Do I get a prize for playing? 🙂
    Can I get it in Green?


  19. Sure! I may have an old Monopoly game around somewhere….


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Michael, a sinner saved by grace, sharing what the good Lord has shared with me.

Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes, said, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

If you’re not living for the glory of God, then what you’re doing is meaningless, no matter what it is. Living for God gives life meaning, and enjoying a “chasing after the wind” is a gift from God. I’m doing what I can to enjoy this gift daily.

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