While our shallow “journalistic” coverage, only driven by our shallow American desire for, well, all things American and culturally relevant to us… and can really stir up controversy on social media… fixates on one county in Kentucky, the story we refuse to pay attention to, among so many, is the immigrant crisis in Europe.
As we allow the man with the hair problem wax elephants on “immigration” by saying, well, absolutely nothing, we are missing the larger story of a true immigration crisis. Because it is currently in Europe, we ignore it and it will be to our own detriment. We can’t connect dots very well. But that’s an easy call since the numbers of “journalists” in one county in Kentucky now probably outnumbers the actual population of the county.
300,000 is the number. That is how many immigrants have flowed into Europe so far this year. It is a 40 percent increase over ALL of last year. And it’s the first week in September.
If you want one number to explain the mass movement today, start with 60 million. The U.N. says there are 60 million people displaced worldwide — the most since the U.N. started keeping records and the most since World War II.
We are facing a worldwide crisis that we somehow can’t find the time to cover in the United States. ISIS has displaced 3 million, while millions more flee other Middle East and North African conflicts and repressive regimes.
2500 have lost their lives trying to get to freedom. Now millions are stuck in areas because Europe doesn’t know what to do, and smugglers are profiting off of people desperate to make it anywhere safe.
The numbers don’t mean anything, do they?
Blah, blah, blah.
How about this number: ONE
One picture. A picture of a little boy’s body washed up on a shore. A picture that finally got out and around the world and made us stop for an oh so brief moment and possibly get a tear in our eye.
Five years old. Him, his brother, his mother all lost to the sea and their bodies washed up as they tried to find freedom.
The number is not 300,000. The number is ONE. One picture can turn things around. The question is this: will you let it?
Will you let a picture haunt your soul. Really. I mean it. HAUNT you.
It haunts me. I’ve had times when I couldn’t stop crying thinking of that picture. That boy. The father weeping on TV.
And I think, “What am I doing? What is MY life that I just go on about my business?”
But we all have lives to live. It’s not necessarily about dropping everything and going to Syria. For some, that may be the answer.
Yet, I am drawn again to that number: ONE.
300,000 I get blown away by. ONE. That can mean something.
So… what do I do? Drop everything and find a way to Syria? To Turkey? To France?
No. I’ve asked. I have honestly asked. And the answer is this: “Find the ONE where you are where you can invest in their life and their spiritual body doesn’t end up washed up on some spiritual shore.”
Invest in one.
For me, it’s getting involved in mentoring. I’m pumped for it. I had a kid last year I absolutely loved being with week after week. I long for that again.
ONE. The number is ONE. Right where you are.
Will you do THAT?