"Live to be a
builder of the spirit and not a wrecking ball!"
Mr. Allen's nationally syndicated column,
"Thinkin' Out Loud," is
A Cry In The Wilderness
was published - 8/15/17
The news headlines
of late have been downright scary.
The dictator of North Korea has threatened to destroy the
island of Guam.
North Korea has nuclear weapons and it was recently
learned they have miniaturization technology for
those nukes. That means they can be MIRVed.
MIRV stands for “Multiple Independently
Targetable Reentry Vehicle.” In other
words, it’s a missile that carries several
nuclear warheads, each of which can be directed
at a different target.
If North Korea attacks a US territory, or
injures any American troops stationed there,
Donald Trump warned it will be met with “fire
and fury, the likes of which the world has never
World matters are
out of our hands, and in the midst of all this
talk of war many of us lose sight of what’s
important in our everyday lives is God, family,
friends, work, and country. Unfortunately, many
get the order of things all wrong sometimes.
Communist North Korea is run by a dictator who
controls the national media and rules by fear.
Kim Jong-un has proven he’s not afraid to
execute anyone who threatens his reign.
In contrast, the
United States was structured in a way that
elevated the choice of freedom above tyranny.
Some may say the
turmoil going on in the world is a struggle of
good versus evil. Call it what you may,
but an attack of any sort could well be
I admit I’ve been
a little preoccupied with all that and a bit
unnerved, but I recently got a letter from one
of my readers and the focus of my concerns were
There are several
thousand readers of this column across the
country. Grace, in Tennessee, said she read
the column in the Savannah Courier and decided
Her letter was
sad, yet enlightening. The first paragraph
said: “I saw a column of yours in the local
paper recently. It seems like you care
about people. I hate to say it, but I live in
an area that seems to really not care about the
needs of others. There’s a lot of poverty and
illiteracy here. Many of us, especially older,
have our needs ignored.”
I’m contacted by readers often, but Grace’s
correspondence demanded action.
contacting her congresswoman, 7th District
Republican Marsha Blackburn. I also considered
contacting her Republican Senators, Bob Corker
and Lamar Alexander, but thought better of it
and considered it folly.
dysfunctional and politicians should be about
representing their constituents. Most of
them have forgotten they’re servants. The
parable of The Good Samaritan is just a fable
for many lawmakers - it makes for great pretense
in a speech come election time.
churches in Grace’s town. I was determined
to call every church there to have someone check
on Grace. She said her house was in
disrepair, she had no way to mow the lawn, and
she hadn’t had running water for quite a while.
The first church
I called was an Assembly of God and I spoke to
their minister. He said his church feeds over
1,000 people each week from their food pantry.
Pastor Jerry promised he would check on Grace
the following day and have some volunteers help
Grace just wanted someone to hear her
that, my wife and I went to a Festival in a
small Indiana town. In the middle of it, on a
Sunday morning, a community church service was
going on in a large tent. In the tent
crowd was a man with his hands raised – focused
– he was Pastor Tim.
In the tent crowd of some seventy-five, I saw kids
fidgeting, adults nodding off and a few playing
on their cell phones.
In a small way, it was a representative sea of humanity
- a large percentage of them were preoccupied
with themselves. I witnessed something that’s
reflective of society that day. We’re so full
of ourselves these days we can’t see the forest
for the trees. It’s people like you and I, not
government, who hear the cry in the wilderness
from people like Grace and pay attention to
their plea that makes the difference.
You might say the
distinction of the American way was represented.
Greg Allen’s column,
Thinkin’ Out Loud,
has been published bi-monthly since 2009.
He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist
and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown,
Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor.
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