THE WALL OF NAMES
"The wall of names is dedicated to those who died in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The work is still in progress. Many of the victim’s names have yet to be gathered and documented and many of the victims who rest in the graves are unknown."
Have you ever purposely done physical harm to another human being? Have you ever taken another person's life? Ever enjoyed it? I wonder how it feels? (not enough to want to try it, though!)
I can be indignant today over yesterday's unthinkable deeds, but I am unable to prevent such atrocities from occurring tomorrow. It seems easier to register my horror at events in far away places than to stand up to the seeds of like brutality in my own backyard.
What does it take to be a perpetrator of -or accessory to- savagery?
1. Nearsightedness helps...
2. Mental laziness helps...
"Life is really complicated," THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PARTY IDEOLOGIES. "And the way people shield themselves from that complexity is by identifying more or less arbitrarily with a set of opinions and then sticking to those things like glue. People barricade themselves inside fortresses of knowledge. They're very territorial about their ideological structures. And they like to be in there with a bunch of other people who think like they do."
Hence the popularity of highly polarized and politicized cable news shows.
3. Racism helps...
4. An inferiority complex helps...
5. Explosive emotionalism helps...
6. A steady drizzle of paranoid chatter helps...
7. A cauterized conscience helps...
8. Megalomania helps...
9. A skewed view of the "kingdom of God" helps...
For the Christian, it is time to live the Gospel. It is time to sing a new song!
"And they sang a new song, saying,
"Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,"
(First posted Dec. 13, 2010)
Greg was raised near Milwaukee, WI. He has lived outside of the United States since 1976... first in Central America and, since 1982, in Cancun, Mexico.
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6
To highlight one essential facet of the eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ... Rev 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:18
THANK YOU FOR READING!
"For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you." Philemon 1:7
Refreshing the Bones by Greg Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.