I read the news.
I see the tweets.
I see the Facebook comments.
There are mixed opinions about the fact that President Obama is sending 100 American troops to Africa to help combat the Lord's Resistance Army.
"The government of Uganda claims that the LRA has only 500 or 1,000 soldiers in total, but other sources estimate that there could be as many as 3,000 soldiers, along with about 1,500 women and children. The bulk of the soldiers fighting for the LRA are children...Since the LRA first started fighting in 1987 they may have forced well over 10,000 boys and girls into combat, often killing family, neighbors and school teachers in the process.
Many of these children were put on the front lines so the casualty rate for these children has been high. They have often used children to fight because they are easy to replace by raiding schools or villages." (Wikipedia)
You can read CNN's story about sending US Troops to Africa here.
What is more interesting is to read the comments under the story. Some of them are from idiots. Some are from racists. Some are from people who are only interested in seeing Obama fail. Some of the comments are from people who know way more about Africa, war, and public policy than I do. Many of those people raise some valid points.
I know that it puts more American lives in danger.
I know that America has its own problems that need to be addressed.
I know that war costs money and the economy is sluggish.
And I also know that most political moves have some hidden political agenda.
But I also know that God cares way more about justice than he does about our economy.
He cares more about human life than he does about American politics.
I know that there aren't easy answers.
But I don't know how anyone can read the news, hear the stories, and see these images and not be moved.
Let Us Be Free: A Plea for Relief from the Violence of the LRA from DTJ on Vimeo.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.