By Autumn Keiss
Japan has the world’s third largest economy. It has the world’s best building standards for withstanding earthquakes, according to experts in the United States.
Japan even has an early warning system that alerted citizens of the fifth largest earthquake since 1900, giving them precious seconds to react. Yet none of that matters.
More than 6,000 people have been confirmed dead and an estimated 10,000 people are missing after the earthquake that shook Japan on March 11.
In one town, officials said they were running out of body bags. Elderly have been found abandoned. Children have been found huddling around kerosene lamps.
Yet people in the United States are shrugging their shoulders. They say it does not matter because Japan is rich.
Where is the love, the passion, the need to help that enveloped America after an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010? Yes, Haiti is a Third World country. Yes, they were not prepared. But is any country truly ready for an earthquake that measures an 8.9 on the Richter Scale?
Is any country ready for a 23 foot tsunami and 50 aftershocks, some of which measure more than a 6.0 on the Richter Scale? How can you be ready for explosions at a nuclear power plant?
Japan does know how to handle earthquakes. Yet that does not prevent earthquakes from devastating the country.
Cars and homes were swept away by the tsunami created by the earthquake. Part of a town of 70,000 people burned without any hope of the flames being put out.
People found themselves without food, without power, without medicine, without hope.
Yet Americans shrug their shoulders and say Japan is rich.
“Sure,” we think. “The earthquake may cost Japan between $125 – 200 billion. But she is one of the most advanced economies in the world. She can take care of herself.”
Yet a country and its people are not always the same. When Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, the United States stood tall while those in New Orleans pillaged for food.
Regardless of the state of the country, the people affected by the earthquake cannot be ignored. Maybe Japan can take care of herself, but many of her people are lost and lonely.
And only one percent of those people know the Lord.
Japan may not need our money, but her people need our prayers. They need our love. They deserve more than a few token words said in chapel.
Instead of worrying about how the nuclear crises may affect us, Americans should worry about how a devastating earthquake has affected the lives of our brothers and sisters.