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Unrest in Libya has turned deadly for some. As the Middle East Revolution spreads, innocents are caught in the crossfire.

At the very least, we should care and pray for them.

As I listened to the report this morning on NPR, I realized that if the same tragedy took place in America, life would stop. Americans would do nothing but watch what was happening to those on the front lines, working tirelessly to bring justice to those in need.

Why is it different when the problem is in a nation led a by Gadhafi?

First, there’s distance. If you don’t know anyone in Libya and have never been there, it’s easy to not care.

Second, there’s diversity. For many of us, those in Libya are much different than we are. This makes it difficult to connect.

Third, there’s “noise.” With so much information in the news and everyday life, many of you reading this have no idea there is even a crisis happening in Libya. You’re just noticing the bump in gas prices that are the result.

But if we see those in Libya as people, real people, with moms and dads and sons and daughters and brothers and sisters, we would all pause to at least pray. If those in the news highlights today were our brothers and sisters, we would do almost anything to help.

So today, at least pray for those being impacted in Libya. It’s the least we can do.


BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J.
Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at

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