Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Failed to notice.


Or take seriously.
.
Since the demolition of AR2, I haven't really posted a great deal of serious stuff, things like massacres and terrorist attacks and other assorted "little murders" - like dad coming over for Christmas dressed like Santa, killing the family and torching the in-laws house. (Yes, the holidays can be stressful.)
.
It isn't that I failed to note these things, I just didn't know how to respond to them, one can become a bit numb to such events occurring in rapid succession, as they are wont to do lately. It is less a problem of apathy as it is shell-shock, at least in my case.
.
For instance, I found it absolutely incredible, astonishing, shocking - what have you - that the world went into fits of horror over the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, yet said nary a word about the Hindu-extremist terrorist attacks on Christians elsewhere in India. Just so, the media ignores the recent massacre of Christians a day or two ago in the Congo. It seems the only black people media is interested in is the Obama family and Barry's abs, or Oprah who just can't manage to keep the weight off, God bless her generous little heart.
.
Don't get me started on the Israeli war against Hamas. It is certainly being reported, but not as accurately as it could be, and some important players seem to be missing from the public eye while all of it has been unfolding: Bush and Obama. Obviously, the U.S. has no clear leader in this time of transition - so it could be an excellent moment for Russia to emerge as the new global power, what with their warships trawling around America's seas.
.
But back to the Israelis and the Arabs - neither one of them give a damn about the Palestinian Christians - in fact, Hamas just re-instituted crucifixion for capital crimes - that kinda, sorta carries a message about Christendom, don't you agree? And don't forget they started the current conflict over Christmas - no significance in that, I'm sure. I'm not pretending to put forth any political analysis here, but it seems to me many people are not paying attention to what is going on - and they should be. Below is an excerpt from Caroline Glick's column, "The 'realist' fantasy" - a good read if you are interested in world peace and that kind of crap:
.
Hamas's endorsement of nailing enemies of Islam to crosses came at the same time it renewed its jihad. Here, too, Hamas wanted to make sure that Christians didn't feel neglected as its fighters launched missiles at Jewish day care centers and schools. So on Wednesday, Hamas lobbed a mortar shell at the Erez crossing point into Israel just as a group of Gazan Christians were standing on line waiting to travel to Bethlehem for Christmas. - Jerusalem Post
.
Oh. Happy New Year.

8 comments:

  1. Uh...well...after reading that...Happy New Year, Terry. May God have mercy on us all!

    ReplyDelete
  2. the congo incident leaves me ... I can't describe it. yeah, happy new year... welcome tothe end of christendom.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Also, unnoticed was this story which makes "Parent 1" and "Parent 2" on birth certificates become an even closer reality.

    Next year, President-elect Obama will admit that in those many staged photos where he's looking pensive or thoughtful he's really thinking "Do these chinos make me look fat?!"

    ReplyDelete
  4. There's no way a human mind can wrap itself around an atrocity on any scale, let alone the what we see in the news every day. Evil grows in the world and we're to act against it by our love. But what the heck can I do about it? It's such a temptation to despair and give up whatever shred of faith I have left.

    I try to remember that God loves us, that He works through the weak, that He knows what is suffered by every single person (even though I can't keep track), and that history is firmly situated within His providence.

    And so I pray, not just because it's about the only thing I can actually do, but because I believe God really does hear us and prayer is powerful weaponry in a real war.

    So . . . with fresh hope and the joy of your friendship . . .

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Terry,

    Happy New Year!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Happy New Year, Terry and everyone.
    Ronnie, that was beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks, Ronnie. I need to remember your words.
    I am reminded of the the song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"; Longfellow wrote the words in 1867. It seems like every generation has to deal with the same stuff.
    Happy New Year, Terry and everyone. "Peace on earth, good will to men!"

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for your good wishes everyone - Happy New Year to you.

    Ronnie - you are awesome.

    ReplyDelete


Please comment with charity and avoid ad hominem attacks. I exercise the right to delete comments I find inappropriate. If you use your real name there is a better chance your comment will stay put.