Are We our Brother’s Keeper?

By: Freddy Panes | When the founding fathers, laid their hands on the Bible and signed the document that became the cornerstone of what this new country will become; they knew in their hearts that it will be a country that is without the tyranny of the King. Thus in the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 the 13 States of the Union declared:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,  

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

We have always been looked upon by the world as liberators and freedom-fighters, to which I would say we still are. But something is a little bit off because if we have such an image to the world, we should be truthful and feel more compassionate to our own people.

In the light of current events, we see a nation suffering all because we lost that focus; where everybody had become selfish for the protection of their own groups.

We have both parties bickering with one another. In the process the American people are left to the sidelines as their own elected officials pushed it to the bursting point that government itself declared a partial shutdown.

Yes, we are our brother’s keeper.  We can never be strong if we are divided when others are self sufficient and others go to bed hungry. That is not the America that we want. We want an America that is strong, and known for its overflowing generosity with the world becomes our beneficiary.

Tonight’s event at the Union League of Philadelphia will rekindle that spirit with its “Harvest Reception”.  We would like to give our thanks and  acknowledgment to the efforts of AARP Pennsylvania to send out that message in our area. Together they are working with the many local organizations to focus on hunger especially on the elderly.

I remembered Aga Mulach in a television interview: “what is the use of going home to your palatial mansion when as we drive home you see poverty and hopelessness on the streets.”

Let us continue to support the AARP and revive the American Spirit and live up to the Biblical call of becoming our “brother’s keeper.”   In Genesis 4:9, God asked Cain “where is your brother Abel?” he retorted back: “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”  Let us also look out for our neighbors that need help. When we enter the Pearly Gates, our Lord will ask us: Did you took care of your brother/sister?

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