Tuesday, 28 June 2016

When Hate Feeds off Hate

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  (Ephesians 4:31,32)

“Thank you, friend!” I said this morning to the male Asian operator as I left the X-ray department at our local hospital.  As my wife and I walked to the car, it was Pam who declared, “Where would we ever be without these skilled immigrants serving us in our hospitals?”

I could only agree.  In every one of my various hospital adventures in recent years, I have been only too aware of nurses, orderlies and social workers, recruited from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Egypt, India, Poland, Somalia or Indonesia…. immigrants who have helped to fill the gaps in our over-pressed National Health Service.  At a time of pain, I never forgot my most vigilant and caring nurse ever.  She was from Nepal.

Bear this in mind in the face of the current racist abuse, coupled with  expressions of mutual hatred and parliamentary confusion in the leadership crisis that British society is experiencing at this present vital turning point for the future.

It is when a country has lost its legacy of spiritual and ritual identity – harnessed over centuries – that a single issue can cause it to succumb to forces and sentiments that stem from the Pit.

Don’t succumb, yourself.  If your experiences with social media foster in your soul the numbing process by which hate feeds off hate, then leave it alone – for a period, at least.  And an up-building exercise?  TRY A FILM!  Send for the DVD of the film that the Guinness Book of Records declares as the most watched film – secular or religious – in the whole of history.  Forget The Titanic.  It is ‘The Jesus Film’ – watched over 6 billion times and translated into 1,200 languages.  Some 200 million people world-wide have declared themselves to have found personal faith and meaning in life, through watching it.  Just google www.agape.org.uk to find it.

Then share it with friends….