Will Burma be the downfall of U.S. Corporations?

Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Isaiah 56:1

 

Will Burma be the downfall of U.S. corporations?

In the past few weeks, America news hasn’t put a great deal of attention on the thousands of Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar and Bangladeshis who are trying to escape poverty as they are denied assistance with neighboring nations while they sit on over-crowded rickety boats in the middle of the Andaman Sea.

From my understanding, the history of Rohingya Muslims being persecuted in Myanmar is said to go back decades.

As I read the news stories of the situation that the Rohinygya migrants are facing in not being allowed to enter surrounding nations, and having to remain on their boats without food and water goes to the heart of the inhumanity of humanity.

I believe when we deny another human to be human, all of humanity who is aware of another’s suffering, will eventually be held accountable for ignoring the cry of the oppressed.

The standoff and refusal of some nations to tell the weak, to go and find your own way, we have no place for you here. Is like shaking our fist at God and telling Him that we refuse to obey His commandment to love our neighbor.

Just knowing about the plight of the Rohingya refugees is somewhat a similar situation that occurred over seventy years ago with 930 Jewish refugees from Germany who left to escape from persecution prior to WWII.

Their story began when they boarded the S.S. St. Louis in May 1939 and was denied entry into Cuba, the U.S. and Canada.

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  Genesis 12:1-3

These Jewish passengers were rejected and later would have to find refuge back into other European nations and for some of these unfortunately people, they would later be put in concentration camps and faced with the final solution of Adolf Hitler.

In 2014, the U.S. State Department listed a number of American corporations doing business in Burma. I wonder if these businesses are petitioning for the Rohingya people or have they chosen to just ignore this crisis as part of during business in a foreign land. Or as I choose to call it. Collateral business practices.

As we here in America begin to plan for the Memorial Day weekend, Americans should never think that we are exempt from one day being placed in the position of refugees attempting to escape persecution and death by those who decide to measure us based on religion, ethnicity, color or gender.

Yes, Memorial Day is and should be a tribute to the men and women who wore and are wearing the uniform to defend our nation…but we who know the love of God, must also remember the sacrifice of Jesus that all might be free.

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For additional information about the Rohingya people you will find it at Open Society Foundations.