I bet you have heard the phrase – Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It seems to come with a promise of so much to look forward to and a whole lot more to enjoy in the moment.
If you are like most people, you have probably spent most of the year trying to make the best for you and your family. You have dreams and goals that you trotted the days, weeks and months towards. And that is great.
So, Christmas offers itself as the season to refresh and reconnect with some of the things that matter. Most families have their tradition – gift exchange, relatives traveling for the annual reunion or just an excuse for another party. In the middle of all these, perhaps I can add something more to the whole memory of Christmas.
This post is a continuation from my last post which highlights what I think should be our worldview on Christianity & Politics. You can read my last post here.
Have you ever heard this before? “We must have Christians in government in order to protect Christian beliefs and guarantee a societal lifestyle that aligns with the Christian faith”. What do you think about this?
Over the next few posts, I will be spending time to write on what worldviews I think that Christians ought to have about politics. I do hope we can learn together.
During my undergraduate days, someone walked up to me and was pitching a political candidate to me. He started with all the qualities that the candidate had which in his opinion made him a better choice. Then he decided to introduce what he thought would be the clincher – the guy is also a Christian.
A group of guys from my church were on their way after service when they bumped into an unusual scene. As they walked by a restaurant which they occasionally passed, two men rushed out holding on to a man who was covered in blood. They dragged him out and pinned him to the ground.
The story, as it came out, was that the man had an argument with his wife. In a mad fit of anger, he had stabbed his wife. Unfortunately, his anger did not show any signs of abating. It looks like killing the wife would be the only resolution for him. Shortly afterwards, the ambulance came and the woman was rolled out with the sheets covering her. As it seemed, the stab wounds had killed her.
Someone posted a video on their facebook profile which was re-posted until it showed up on my feed. Let me say this, it may not have been the most assaulting video I saw but it sure ranks well on the top of the list. The video was that of a boy no more than 9 years old been made to perform sexual acts on a girl in her late teens. According to the person who posted the video, the girl was the house maid. In the writer’s view, he or she was playing “good Samaritan” to warn us to be wary of leaving our children alone with housemaid without supervision.
Despite the seemingly “good intentions” of the writer, I was more offended with the writer than the housemaid. How can we have become so comfortable with being spectators that we can hide in an unseen corner and record videos under the guise of wanting to warn others with it? The truth is really that we have become too interested in saving ourselves instead of helping others.