Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

The af­ter­shocks of last week’s ap­palling events in Manch­ester con­tinue.

The sick­en­ing mur­ders of chil­dren, teenagers and par­ents cel­e­brat­ing life rightly trau­ma­tise and out­rage all who have feel­ings.

I stood with oth­ers in a sim­ple vigil in Ge­orge Square on the Tues­day evening.

We did so watched by vig­i­lant heav­ily armed police of­fi­cers, there for our safety and re­as­sur­ance. I did not feel re­as­sured.

Scot­land has be­come a coun­try dif­fer­ent from what we hoped for.

Yet I also value the brav­ery of police and sol­diers who put their lives at risk for jus­tice and or­der.

Those who spread de­struc­tion might, with some jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, say that the hor­ror and pain we suf­fer is no dif­fer­ent from that in­flicted by West­ern gov­ern­ments in dis­tant coun­tries.

They might say we have sown the wind and now must un­der­stand it is time to reap the whirl­wind. On my part, this is not a po­lit­i­cal com­ment sim­ply one of his­tor­i­cal re­al­ity.

Ev­ery in­jus­tice can be ex­cused as a re­sponse to a pre­vi­ous in­jus­tice and so on … back to the time of Cain and Abel. But in do­ing so we can for­get per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The world of Je­sus was no dif­fer­ent. The Ro­man govern­ment ruled with bru­tal ef­fi­ciency and crushed op­po­si­tion.

When Je­sus said “love your en­e­mies and pray for those who per­se­cute you,” it was in a world where fam­i­lies on hol­i­day, cel­e­brat­ing and pray­ing were mur­dered by the Ro­man rulers.

Per­haps in time we can pray for those who seek to mur­der, as well as the mur­dered?

Per­haps we can be­gin now? Ken Coul­ter, leader, Ruther­glen Bap­tist Com­mu­nity Church

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