My nephew recently received his course schedule for the 2nd semester of his Freshman year of high school. My sister was taken aback when she saw it, given the fact that the only core course he was enrolled in was English I. No big deal, right? Ordinarily it wouldn’t be, but my nephew had actually taken this particular course in 8th grade. To add further insult to injury, he also completed English II the previous semester. . .so, hopefully, you can see the problem.
There was also a cleanup effort, lead by my sister, to improve the conditions of Fairfax Elementary. She actively solicited volunteers to come out and lend a hand. The school’s principal, the City Administrator, and a few citizens took time out of their schedules to beautify the grounds, clean the restrooms, and do paint touch ups. Sadly, there was no sighting of the mayor, councilmen/women, teachers, nor clergymen.
Why do we see issues that adversely affect our community, yet opt to not get involved or take the necessary action to begin the corrective process? Why do we allow our children to perpetually suffer?
There are elected county officials and high positioned school employees who are making good salaries, but aren’t being held accountable for not producing the desired results. It will take the citizens to light fires under those we entrust with the preservation of our community and futures of our children. So why aren’t more citizens vocal about this matter?
And where are the churches?
- Hebrews 10:24-25 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
- Galatians 6:2-3 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
The aforementioned scriptures are direct Bible references about community. There are more churches in Allendale than jobs, so why are they so silent in all this? Pastors, deacons, ushers; we need you to heed the call as well. Members of your respective congregations religiously pay tithes with their hard earned money. Maybe some of those funds can be used to aid in the enhancement of the community.
A school representative recently reached out to all the churches in the county; asking to meet with pastors, and other church leaders, in an effort to gain their support of future improvement endeavors. There are well over 20+ churches in Allendale County. . .yet only 3-4 individuals showed up.
It appears that some only support ventures that provide a personal benefit to them. We need everyone to take a stance. We can ill afford to sit idly by while the situation continues to worsen. The fact is, you may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
Don’t talk, act. Don’t say, show. Don’t promise, prove.