I got a text from a friend last Thursday morning about guys he knows who are loading pickup trucks with water and other basics and heading out for Texas to help in the rescue and clean-up efforts. It’s not that they know anybody there or that they’ve been called to come help out, it’s just that they see a great need and they want to lend a hand.
If we were able to look at all the license plates on all the boat trailers of the people helping rescue those stranded by water in the Houston area, we would find that they are from all over the country, people, who for no other reason than they were moved by families on porches and roof tops threatened by rising water with no escape unless somebody in a boat shows up.
The effort in the Houston/Beaumont/Port Arthur area is massive, but the job is getting done as helicopters from several different government agencies perform search and rescue operations and civilians by the hundreds bring everything from ski boats to bass rigs to ferry people to safety.
While the media tries to place blame, desperately trying to turn this tragedy into a political football, proving just how shallow and superficial they are, real Americans are on the scene actually doing something about it. And as always, Christian relief organizations, usually rigorously ignored by main stream media, are on site, supplying food and solace to people who have lost everything they have.
I have no doubt that Texans will reclaim, rebuild, and will begin the clean-up process just as soon as the waters recede, that’s just the kind of people who live in the Lone Star State: proud, capable and with the faith and willpower to restore their homes and businesses and get on with their lives.
Sometimes we get the opinion that perhaps the days of good neighbors, good Samaritans and good patriots have come and gone, but those traits lie just below the surface in the majority of Americans and it only takes something like the events in Texas to activate them.
I saw it happen in the days after 9/11, the thousand-year flood Middle Tennessee suffered a few years ago and when Katrina hit New Orleans. You see it when a community finds there is a family in need or a baby that needs an operation, when a fireman goes into a burning building to rescue an elderly person, every time a cop delivers a baby, every time a young man or woman enlists in the military.
When we get our opinions from the doom and gloom the media brings into our homes every day, we could well get the idea that the majority of Americans are apathetic, lazy, greedy and insensitive.
But that is not the America I know. There is still an America out here that is rarely glimpsed on network news, an America of hard working patriots who can still get a mist in their eyes when The Star-Spangled Banner is played and have no patience with athletes who don’t respect the nation that made them millionaires enough to stand up for it.
And Obama was right about at least one thing, they do cling to their God. The guns are not clung to, but you can bet they’re around.
It’s an America where people from Tennessee are willing to go to Texas and help out their brothers and sisters, and if the situation was reversed, the people in Texas would gladly drive to Tennessee and do the same thing.
In the last few days we have seen nature at its worst, but we’ve seen America at its best.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem
God Bless America
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.