Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Equal

UN Declaration of Human Rights: Article 1-
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
I think the biggest problem in the world today is that we don't see all human beings as equal. I see this everywhere and unfortunately it seems as endemic in the world-wide church as outside of it.

Some examples-

Israel/Palestine
Over the past 2 years there have been 40 Palestinains killed for every 1 Israeli. Palestinian land is being constantly stolen and it's people live in an open-air prison. Where else in the world are so many people denied most of their basic human rights, only to have their problems sweeped under the carpet by the world's media? The status quo exists because of American Christian Zionism. The church around the world is indoctrinated to show unwavering support to the state of Israel (a secular state) no matter what wrongs they commit. This is despite the fact that there are many more Christian believers living in Palestine than in Israel.

Muslims
When we see a middle-eastern woman in a headscarf on the news mourning her loss do we feel the same symapathy as we do for a western woman? The Republican party's main offensive in the American presidential campaign is to try and make people think (wrongly) that Obama is muslim. I've heard people here say we should be praying for McCain to get in because Obama is a muslim and Sarah Palin is a Christian. Never mind the fact that Palin makes George Bush look like a bastion of intelligence and articulation (watch this).

Africa
Sometimes I feel an underlying cynicism or resignation when people talk about issues of poverty, AIDS etc in Africa. Like their problems can never be solved, or they should sort them out themselves, or there's no point because their governments are so corrupt. Do we really see the children in Africa who are dying in their millions as being equal to our own?

Others
Homeless, drunks, homosexuals, immigrants .......

3 comments:

davymull said...

Yip. And we have to begin/continue to do something about it:
- make aware
- pray
- give
- go!
Anything else?

Jason said...

John said

"I think the biggest problem in the world today is that we don't see all human beings as equal."

How we see human beings is the key, not their circumstances.

For instances a blind man is not equal to a fully sighted man.
So all things are not equal, but we should look at all men as having the potential to be changed and set free by Christ.

I think outside of Christ there is chaos, but in Christ there is unity and peace.
So those outside the faith cannot be expected to be "truly" unified.

Unity is impossible as man loves darkness rather than light.
We however should be salt and light, and that means giving the gospel and showing all nations how we ought to live.
The thing is we know the word of God states that things will get worse and worse, but that does not negate the fact that we are to shine and bring as much true unity and light as we can, into all nations and problems including politics,exposing theifs like Benny Heinn, Tod Bently, and the like who are bringing division to the body of Christ.

Thanks John for letting me comment

Shalom

Anonymous said...

Mary Robinson will be asking a similar question at the Queens Festival, giving a talk entitled 'How Universal are Human Rights?'. I'm planning to go - it should be good.

Nina