Pres. Biden Calls for $100 Billion to Stop Aggressors, Send Relief Helps War Survivors & Praying in an Anxious Society
President Biden is asking Congress for an aid package to send more than $100 billion to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan as they battle aggressors and to help strengthen security at U.S. borders. Send Relief has mobilized through local, Christian partners to provide housing, food, medical supplies, bomb shelters and trauma counseling for more than 20,000 displaced and hurting people in Israel and the region. And, anxiety in America is real. In fact, the number of prescriptions for anxiety medications jumped with an unprecedented spike around the time Covid-19 was declared an pandemic.
President Biden is asking Congress for an aid package to send more than $100 billion to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan as they battle aggressors and to help strengthen security at U.S. borders.
Right now, millions of civilians are being terrorized by extremists and autocrats across the globe,” Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Brent Leatherwood told Baptist Press in written comments.
“America should be unequivocal in taking a stand against evil actors who have no concern for innocent life – no matter where they exist,” he said.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young provided details on the president’s plan to secure the borders.
“Specifically, it includes funding for an additional 1,300 Border Patrol agents, 375 immigration judge teams, and 1,600 asylum officers; over 100 cutting-edge detection machines to help detect fentanyl at our southwest border ports of entry; and an additional 1,000 law enforcement personnel, as well as investigative capabilities, to prevent cartels from moving fentanyl into the country,” Young said.
Send Relief has mobilized through local, Christian partners to provide housing, food, medical supplies, bomb shelters and trauma counseling for more than 20,000 displaced and hurting people in Israel and the region.
Christians have brought help and hope to the Middle East since at least the early 20th Century, and there are Christians, including Arabs in the region, who trace their spiritual lineage back to Pentecost, described in Acts chapter 2.
One Arab Baptist leader in the region shared a prayer request that the Body of Christ in the Holy Land would be a source of Christian hope amid the ongoing chaos in a way that draws people to the source of their hope.
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Anxiety in America is real. In fact, the number of prescriptions for anxiety medications jumped with an unprecedented spike around the time Covid-19 was declared an pandemic. More than ever, people at work, people at church, and people at home are turning to medical intervention for their anxiety.
While there are many reasons for anxiety, as followers of Jesus, we know the He calls us to cast our cares on Him.
Kie Bowman writes, “Jesus taught that the alternative to worry is seeking God. Jesus wants worship over worry, and He prescribes prayer over panic.
Similarly, the Apostle Paul addressed the common issue of worry; and he also suggested prayer as the alternative. He said, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
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