Isn’t it amazing how some things that should repel us, fascinate us instead? How many of you slow down to look at an accident on the side of the road? Admittedly, some may be looking to see if they can help, but most are just looking. How many of you watch horror movies and what is it exactly that you are looking for (I don’t watch them myself.)? How many of you are not just fascinated, but obsessed with the end of the world scenarios?
The Senses Novels deals with the ultimate end of the world situation. There are no spaceships to whisk mankind away from obliteration and no last-minute scientific marvel to halt the impending doom. There are only a handful of people with the ability to face-down an evil from our distant past.
I often like to think that in a situation like that, we, as a species, would react with unanimity. I know better. While I believe that the majority of our species would pull together in the face of the ultimate disaster, the fact that there are some that will always look for ways to exploit the situation tarnishes any hope that I have for our race. Case-in-point, the recent spate of hurricanes to hit the United States.
While there has been a marvelous outpouring of love and help, there have also been looters and scam artists. Terrible people, and yes, these are bad people, have always been with us. They KNOW that what they are doing hurts others and they don’t care. Some might even revel in it.
While a psychopathic killer may not be able to control his impulses and we consign them to death row, I hear people excusing the actions of the worst kind of individuals on the planet, those that knowingly hurt others. I know it isn’t Christian of me, but I have no problem with the ‘looters will be shot on sight’ orders given to the National Guard. I believe that these people are redeemable, I just don’t think that there’s time for it when others are suffering and dying.
How many of you watch with fascination the scenes of rioting and looting when someone decides that they don’t like some judicial or political decision? What do you feel while watching? Is it justifiable to destroy someone else’s life so that you can steal from them and then burn their home or place of business to the ground? Watts happened in the mid-1960’s, haven’t we learned anything since then?
If you or your family are starving, is it justifiable to steal? While I don’t like stealing, because there are places to go where you can get free food, I don’t condemn these people. They aren’t trying to hurt someone else. If you break a window to take a 56” television, that’s a little different. In the eyes of the law, stealing is stealing, but the law was created to serve us, not the other way around.
How many of you watch as the lies of our politicians unfold like a slow train wreck right in front of our eyes? I find that fascinating, even more so since they apparently believe that their actions won’t somehow come back on them. Politicians lying isn’t new, in fact, I think that we’ve all come to accept it as the norm. Isn’t that sad? If the people we put in office to help us are just there to advance themselves, what hope is there for our country to improve?
So, is there any good news in all of this? Yes, I think that there is. Some of us, a lot of us, see and know what is going on. The question is, what are we going to do about it? Send emails, letters and phone calls to your Congressmen about the situations that need to be fixed. Change politicians if the ones that you have aren’t doing what you sent them into office to do, and tell the people that are there that you are voting them out. And pray.
It may not sound like much, but praying is direct communication with the One that can change it all. So, definitely pray for the change so desperately needed.
Have a great weekend.