Friends, I am telling you if I see one more freaking tweet or Facebook post about how Hurricane Harvey is proof of Global Warming or churches that don’t open their doors during disasters should lose their 501(c)(3) status or THIS IS ALL TRUMP’S FAULT I am going to lose my damn mind.
I am not saying any of these things are untrue. Perhaps they are.
But right now is NOT the time to talk about it.
The crisis is still going on. People are still in the middle of being evacuated. And yet, here we sit in our comfortable homes and offices, judging. Assigning blame. Finding fault all over the place.
It’s making me sick.
Last night a story started trending on Twitter about Joel Osteen’s mega church. The story claimed that Osteen ordered the church to be closed to evacuees. So everyone jumped on it, attacking un-Christlike Christians and positing that if churches want to maintain their tax-exempt status, they should be forced (their word, not mine) to open their doors during disasters.
Except that officials from the City of Houston confirmed that THEY told Osteen not to open because they had a handle on things over at the Convention Center and wanted evacuees taken there first.
Of course, that part of the story never started trending on Twitter. And…still isn’t.
Instead, people shifted their focus to the Congressmembers who “voted against funding for Superstorm Sandy.”
No, I’m not going to get into all the political garbage that caused that vote, but I am going to say that right now is NOT the time to debate it.
My word, people. Get a grip. We can worry about who is going to pay for clean up later. After the storm is over. After people have been moved to safety and gotten some food and water and medications. Let’s get them out of danger before we start arguing over whether they are worthy of additional aid.
I really wish the good people in Silicon Valley would invent an app that delivers shin kicks to people who need a dose of reality.
Of course, that would backfire because sometimes I’m the one that deserves a dose of reality and where’s the fun in that?
Anyway, I just can’t stop thinking about how much energy is being wasted in not working together to fix the task at hand. It would be such a better use of our time to get to those who need help. And if we can’t go, we can send money, food, blankets. And if we don’t have anything to send, we can spread the word on how to get help to those who need it.
Everyone can do something.
The point is, there are lots more productive things to do than to complain about who isn’t helping enough or who you think didn’t do enough to help last time. Who cares right now? It’s not important right now. There will be plenty of time to figure all of that out. Later. After.
Not while the rain is still falling.
Instead, there are organizations like Operation Barbecue serving 20,000 meals a day to displaced Texans. Groups like Team Rubicon are still calling for people with boats to come and rescue people from their houses. And from on top of their houses. The American Red Cross is in place, setting up shelters and temporary housing.
People are still in the middle of danger and suffering. There are risks of injury, illness, dehydration. There are freaking islands of fire ants floating in the streets.
So how about we just wait a minute.
If you’re mad that the president is being opportunistic and self-serving, how about QUIT GIVING HIM ATTENTION.
There is plenty of time to sort all of that out later.
But while the house is burning, you don’t ground your kid for playing with matches. You put out the fire and THEN deal with all the other stuff.
Can we all just take a breath and be there for each other for just a minute? The storm will be over by the weekend. Can we hold off on getting mad for just three or four more days?
Is that too much to ask?
Do you know someone affected by the floods, or have suggestions for other organizations in the area that are helping? Comment with pertinent information and let’s try to get people connected.