Thought for the Week
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