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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Should we care about issues, even when we cannot control the outcome?

I've been watching the immigration imbroglio in the U.S.A. for some time now. The U.S. government needs to act, sooner than yesterday, to sort this problem out. There are millions of people in the U.S. illegally, and if the American government keeps on sitting back, before they know it, America will be gone!

La Shawn Barber wrote in her blog post, California Supreme Court to Hear In-State Tuition Case:

"Comments like that would have sent me over the edge a couple of years ago. Today, I can’t generate much ire. In the scheme of things, is it worth getting upset over? After I’ve shuffled off this mortal coil after my four score and ten, who’ll remember or even care about my views on the country’s illegal immigration mess? Why raise my blood pressure about something over which I have no control?"

I appreciate where La Shawn is coming from on this issue, but how many issues do we really have control over? God is certainly in control of this world, but should we just sit back and ride it out? I know that this is not what La Shawn is saying, but that is what many people may think that she is saying, and many people already feel this way! Why do so many people not even vote? To them, even their little vote won't make a difference.

Yet, this is where people like these are wrong. Every vote counts! That is how presidents are elected; by the votes cast! But, coming back to caring about the issues. Perhaps you feel like your little voice is of no consequence. You are right, your little voice is of no consequence. But, when you have 1,000,000 little voices, then your little voice is no longer of no effect. What I am saying is this, each of us needs to influence others concerning the issues.

Many people have become apathetic about the issues. Look at abortion, for example. It has been 36 years since abortion on demand became legal in America. 13 years in South Africa. Abortion is still legal after 36 years and nothing has been accomplished, right? Wrong! They may be small, but strides have been made in the abortion battle.

We simply must not give up! There have been small victories in the abortion battle and the same-sex "marriage" debacle! We simply need to continue to influence more and more people, and get them to do the same.

Finally, should we stop the battle because we have no control over the outcome, and because it is obviously a losing battle? NO! We continue the battle because it is the right thing to fight against injustices and to provide justice for those who cannot fight for themselves.

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