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"that the message of Christ is needed at least as much here in the US as it is elsewhere" And there are plenty of Christians already spreading that message here in the U.S. Dr. Brantly is the exception, not the rule. The vast majority of American Christians who wish to do good works, do so in America.
Jesus is the world's best hope for Christianity.
And that is NOT a Christian view. There's nothing about America in the Bible. Nationalism is un-Christian.
They have Biblical teachings on their side. Here's the issue: Does Christian duty transcend nationalism or not? Ann's argument is nationalistic: Christian American doctors should worry first about helping Americans. There's nothing about that in the Bible. Jesus and his followers were part of the Roman Empire. But Jesus didn't give any special consideration to the Roman Empire over the rest of the world. Christianity, like most other religions, is universalist: OUR Christians are no more deserving of help than THEIR Christians. Whether it's a black Christian in America lynched by the KKK in the 20th century, or a ME Christian being crucified by ISIS in the Middle East today, it's all the same. Ann, being a fierce nationalist, cares more about America than any other nation that has Christians in it. And that's fine. I'm a nationalist too. But unlike Ann, I admit that fierce nationalism is NOT a Christian attitude.
Unless you think that God has a special thing for America, you have no reason to "interpret" the Bible to mean that God wants American Christians to care more about Americans than about ME Christians being beheaded and crucified by ISIS and African Christians dying horribly of Ebola. America isn't even mentioned in the Bible. Hence Christian missionaries have no reason to give America pride of place when they decide where to do their good works.
What you're proposing, Ann, is that the univeralism espoused in Christianity should take a back seat to nationalism: American Christians should care more about the plight of American Christians than, say, the Middle Eastern Christians currently being beheaded by ISIS, or African Christians dying of Ebola. And yet, let's face it: Even poor American Christians living in poor neighborhoods aren't facing anything like Ebola or ISIS here in the U.S. Those ME Christians who are in danger of being beheaded by ISIS only wish they had it as good as even poor American Christians do.
Ann, it's not like ALL Christians are flying off to Liberia while ignoring the plight of America's poor and disadvantaged here. Christian churches and charities have always been active right here in the U.S., helping the poor with soup kitchens and charity. They have tried to offer desperate pregnant women alternatives to abortion. They have run adoption agencies for orphan children. The YMCA has worked with troubled American youth for a hundred years now. Etc. So Dr. Brantly is just ONE Christian who felt compelled to help desperate Liberians who are endangered by one of the worst modern plagues. What he's doing doesn't take anything away from Christian missions here in the U.S.
The entire Left suffers from this problem: They are totally detached from any human suffering that might require *American action*. In the few days right after the 9-11 terrorist attack, I had tangled with plenty of hard-core leftists on the Internet about the issue. And their mood seemed to be one of amused detachment, like whatever happened that day was as relevant to them as a supernova in a distant galaxy.
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The Stolen Job Myth

SteveL2 Wrote: Jul 03, 2014 9:09 AM
I'm not as sanguine about immigration as Mr. Jacoby, but he does make a good point: We need to get our story straight. For starters, we have to decide if we're just against illegal aliens, or against legal immigrants too (I know a few personally myself). The Center for Immigration Studies isn't just against illegal immigration. They want to pull up the drawbridge altogether even for legal immigrants; they claim that "America has enough people already."
We don't tire too quickly. The War on Terror has been going on now for almost 13 years. That's three times longer than America's participation in World War II. If after 13 years we have so little to show for our efforts, then clearly those efforts were misbegotten.
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