Let’s stop waiting for the government to fix our problems and fix them ourselves

Last week, Glenn Beck did something really awesome.

On his program, Beck asked his enormous network of supporters to join him in organizing a major effort to bring food, water, and toys to churches and other organizations caring for the undocumented immigrant children who’ve have been in the news.

As reported at his website, The Blaze, Beck explained his reasoning:

Through no fault of their own, [the immigrant children] are caught in political crossfire. And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.

I don’t pretend to know all of Beck’s views on immigration. But I do know that what he’s doing here is absolutely fantastic. Beck is using his own resources to bring real help to people in need regardless of what the government does or what the children’s legal situation is.

I love it on a political level as a libertarian who doesn’t have much faith in DC to fix this mess—and I love it on a theological level as a Christian who has been called to care for “the least of these.”

This willingness to step up to the plate regardless of what government does or doesn’t do is a practice we can apply in so many other areas of life and politics.

Teenage Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, while visiting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, expressed this possibility perfectly when she explained why she took action:

Why shall I wait for someone else? Why shall I be looking to the government or the army that they will help us? Why don’t I raise my voice? Why won’t we speak up for our rights?

We should be inspired by Malala to ask the same questions: Why should we wait for Washington to act? Why should we look to the government to fix our problems? To order our society? To decide what’s good for our families?

Why don’t we raise our voices?

Government is notoriously lethargic. It’s simply not practical to wait for every problem to be solved by the state or for top-down solutions to emerge. While DC is busy wasting and waffling, we can actually make a difference in our communities and around the world.

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