Thursday, 11 August 2011

Its been troubling me

As we watch the country come to terms with the events of the last week, we seem to have forgotten some of the other huge events that are going on in our world namely in Norway, Somalia, Syria and the financial crisis in Europe and the United States, as well as the trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Yes the events of the last week have been terrible to watch and many things have been written about it from many different perspectives to try and get a handle on the cause and the reasons why. 

What i struggle with in all this, is the way our humanity reacts to such things when there is such a lot is at stake, not just here but also abroad. The attitude seems to be 'nothing to do with me', or to put it another way 'the blame game' and as a result people suffer... either in the context of lives lost and livelihoods ruined in riots or the financial break down of our systems that means job cuts and insecurity or the millions who are starving in East Africa. 

I can't honestly say that this isn't how i react, because i can find myself doing exactly the same. But my awareness of these feelings and my reactions to them makes me feel uneasy and angry with myself.  Maybe our nature is selfish or 'sinful' if you want to call it that. Even so there is also a sense that no matter who we are that we have a tendency towards care and love. 

The situation around Hosni Mubarak is an interesting one and once again we have this sense of blame... i have no doubt that he's no saint but i find the way our government and others are reacting to this situation is nothing short of scandalous. It wasn't long ago that we were sitting alongside him and supporting him and his govenrment; not only him but also other leaders, Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Col Gaddafi of Libya.  Meanwhile some of our other western leaders seem to be free from having to answer for some of the decisions that were made in the 
various conflicts that we have found ourselves in. 

So with this in mind a few questions.

What does the 'nothing to do with me' or the 'blame game' attitude mean for us and society? 

Is there one rule for some and another rule for others? 

Is there such a thing as justice? And who defines it?

How do we grow a sense of love and care to enable us to reach out? 

So much going on, so many questions and i reflect on this passage from Micah 6:8 to help me.  

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
   And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy 

   and to walk humbly with your God.   

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