To most, current affairs is politics, economy, wars against (or so-called for) other
countries, the state of our union in this present time. I am sure for those big-wig businessmen and those
hardcore businesswomen, all of which are fighting to climb that ladder to the top, taxes, government
spending, and the obsession of winners and losers consumes their daily lives. We all know that our
politicians attempting to rule over cities, states, and governments have their concerns regarding political leadership's ups and downs. However, for people like me, our “current affairs” during this present time are far more “personal” rather than “global”. For those of us that wonder if we will have a place to sleep, food in our stomachs, and that our children are safe, we simply do not have time for the “bigger picture”.
For example, while you worry about your taxes on homes going up, we worry if we will ever have a home, mostly we are simply trying to find shelter for another night. You worry if there's too much money going towards college education, while we are praying our children make it through high school without dropping out because they see no hope for a real future. You spend hours, weeks, months, even years deciding who deserves healthcare, dental care, and medications, while we watch our families and friends suffer because they have no insurance. Our dental care is counting the teeth we have left and no one can afford the medications because the government feels we should all have jobs. We would have jobs if we could afford transportation, education, and a stable home to trust our children are safe.
What I picture in my mind and what I see may make what I am saying more clear. I picture in my mind a big-wig executive feeling weak because he was too busy for breakfast this morning, but what I see is a weak man lying on a sidewalk so weary because he hasn't had breakfast, lunch, or dinner in three days. I picture a wealthy woman entering a dentist's office to have her teeth whitened because she feels it is necessary for her to confidently smile, but I see a woman sitting in an alley with a mouthful of rotten teeth, yet she finds a way to smile at me anyway. I picture a family safe and snug in a big warm house with an alarm system to keep intruders out, but I see a young woman with three children living wherever they can, never safe, and considered intruders.
We see a government that has decided that religion be forced out of our constitution and our schools. But we picture in our minds a life where we matter. We eat when we are hungry, we sleep in a bed when we are sleepy, and we too can afford to go to a real doctor for our illnesses. We would have brighter smiles, college degrees, cars with tags, and even insurance! Our children would not only pray at home and church, but at school.
So you see, for us “current affairs” means something more personal. While you search for changes to better this world's condition, we pray for things to return to where it once was, a time when everyone mattered and we all helped each other, putting God and country first.