By Charlie Johnston
I got a note that touched me deeply today from a reader, Ruth A, who decided to go forth. Here is her note:
“Among the comments recently people asked what they should do with any surplus savings they had. I may have missed it, but I immediately thought – the refugees from Syria and Iraq need our support. I have just today cashed in some shares and will send proceeds to Aid to The Church in Need.“
I love that she did not go crazy, cutting into her means of support – but used some of her surplus to help our most persecuted brethren. It is not going to be by a few doing a lot that we will endure, but by a lot doing whatever little they can. As Nike commercials say, Just do it.
Meantime, France, Germany, Italy and Britain have all joined a Chinese Development Bank that seeks to supplant the American-led World Bank, despite U.S. objections to the move. The united European turn to China for financial leadership has led Australia, which initially rejected Chinese overtures, to reconsider. The center of gravity in the world both militarily and financially moves apace towards China – and this is a step closer to the dollar ceasing to be the world’s reserve currency. That is not good for the outlook for human freedom – but the U.S has not been on the side of freedom much these days. If all gravitates to China, it will just make clear that it is up to people of faith – those committed to the Judeo-Christian heritage of Western Civilization, to rise and stand in the breach to keep the hope of human liberty alive. This just clarifies the battle lines.
Meantime, Starbucks has reminded me forcefully why I never go there any more. It has become corporate policy to encourage barristas to start candid conversations on race relations with customers as they are served their coffee. Really?! It isn’t bad enough I should pay at least twice what a cup of coffee is worth…now I must be lectured by over-credentialed, under-educated, ill-informed and smug coffee servers on matters of race relations in the process? I can’t watch a football game without suffering left-wing indoctrination from Bob Costas any more; haven’t been able to get any actual news from non-cable network stations in years, and now I am not allowed to get an overpriced cup of coffee without being hectored by the clueless “Occupy” crowd? This is a very good reason to go to Caribou Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds, the corner gas station – anywhere that has coffee for sale and is committed to leaving you alone.