Its been a strange old week in the news. I have trawled through the daily papers wondered to myself if we are doomed as a compassionate and fearless race. Let me give you an example or three. I knew my week in the news would start of badly when I read how a man followed a woman into the ladies bathroom because in his view she looked like a bloke . She in turn thought she was about to be slaughtered by some deranged woman hating, drug taking, power crazy guy. Turns out he has been so hyped up about this bathroom gender nonsense that he had turned to fear as his safety net.
May be yesterday would be better but no not at all. Cue a photograph of a twelve year old child in a migrant camp and the headline "genuine refugee or future killing machine". So again the fear kicked in and the protestors came out to suggest, nay, to demand that children even toddlers be kept locked up in camps as they may, might, remotely turn to violence as they grow up.
Of course today had to be better, after all today is Thursday and tomorrow is Friday and we know that the friday feeling is the best feeling in the world. Today a woman verbally attacked a man for daring to pay for his food with some sort of stamp and not with money. She railed that she worked , he quietly told her that he too worked. But she worked harder, or smarter therefore he ought to stand there and take her abuse. She yelled things about taxes and hand outs, about her university degree and his lack of one. How he ought not to work in a big store that paid little money and expect her to subsidise him. At this point may I add that she was shopping in on of those big stores and happy to be served by folk like him.
No doubt when I get home tonight and make a nice cup of tea with a chocolate digestive I will find my facebook page filled with these stories with captions that will read
"Type amen if you agree that homeless, or hungrypeople are lesser that us"
or what about
"Type Amen and share if you agree that fear is a good excuse to terrify someone"
I have a question for you . Since when did God tell us to live in a culture of fear, or since when did He tell us that to have compassionor mercy,to the extent of giving all you have for one who does not deserve it, suggest you are a hopeless no good bleeding heart idiot? Answers on a postcard please.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (NIV Bible translation)