By Charles McGrew
Special to The Globe
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Most of Anson Burlingame’s declarations in his latest column (Globe, July 8) fall into the category of generalized opinions that are consistent with standard left-wing talking points.
However, I do take issue with his lead-in paragraph. Speaking of the July 4 conservative rally in Delaware, Burlingame states: “Support of that rally implied that God had something to do directly with our recovery (from the May 2011 tornado). Frankly, in my opinion, God had nothing to do with it. Instead it was the Spirit of Joplin that helped us all.”
Really, Anson? Joplin received (and continues to receive) help from numerous volunteer groups, the vast majority of which are Christ-centered organizations. Did you not drive through Joplin after the devastation and see the many church buses that transported volunteers to our town?
These folks started showing up from all over the country the day after the tornado, and many of them continue their efforts even today, more than two years after the tragedy that befell our town that Sunday evening.
Local churches from all over the country, as well as other Christian organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, banded together to provide all kinds of assistance that we desperately needed.
Per our Lord’s instructions (Matthew 6:2-4), they did not blow a horn before their arrival nor during the two-plus years that they have remained. They simply saw the need and came. I submit that God did indeed have much to do with our recovery through the selfless contributions of these, his humble servants. If you check, you will find that Oklahoma received the same reaction from the Christian community.
Certainly, I also salute the “Spirit of Joplin” that helped to facilitate our recovery, and I would submit that a very significant contributor to that spirit is the extensive faith-based community that resides here. To say that God had no part in our recovery is turning a blind eye to these volunteers who came to our community by the thousands. You seem to be fond of popular little sayings, so here’s one for you: “Give credit where credit is due.”