I believe we’ve been experiencing one of the theological reminders that while we’ve been redeemed in and through Christ, we are certainly not yet perfected. In fact, we seem to display our flawed human nature in so many varied, public and even unintended ways.
A U. S. senator, now suffering from cancer who was a former P.O.W. and failed presidential candidate, is now lauded for being such a fighter and man of conviction by those who did mock and dislike him both politically and personally. Is it guilt that makes us speak well of those who are seriously sick or some foolish belief that if I say or do something “nice” about someone whom I dislike, God has to even the scales and think better of me. A bit hypocritical, you think?
A former football star who was the center of a sensational murder trial decades ago, who may have gotten away with murder but whom we must hold to be legally not guilty as judged by his peers, becomes the center of a media circus once again as his parole board hearing (for a totally different crime of which he actually was convicted) becomes the TV event of the summer. What makes this individual worthy of such attention more than any of these other men or women who had the same board review that day? What is it about “us” that makes this “must-see-TV” (that’s the media’s term, not mine).
For that matter, how many of us have endured a “rubber necking” delay on any road because of the need to gawk at possible accident victims in the opposite lane. (Trust me: you really do NOT want to see what a human body looks like when car and tree collide!!)
This is NOT about being a tired curmudgeon seeking to grumble about human nature.
These past few days have allowed me to reflect about how much more we all need to grow spiritually closer to the Lord. And in doing so, perhaps we actually speak more kindly to folks while they are with us and not only when they may be dying. Perhaps we can refuse to allow any media circus to overfeed us with the nonsense that fills our airwaves and cables by taking more time to NOT watch TV and spend more time with the persons we love – maybe even talking with them! Maybe even in this frenzied 21st century, as we are so over-scheduled and rushing about, we can learn to take some time to spend with God and also with each other, to renew ourselves in body and spirit, to focus on the good and not merely the bad in others, and to stop wasting so much time and energy over things that, in the end, may not be all that important.