Wednesday, June 01, 2011
What Shocks You?
I don't really enjoy reading the paper or watching the news anymore. I do it because I like to stay informed and up on current events, but let's be honest, its depressing.
A few weeks ago I read about a mother killing her children. I wasn't shocked.
It's getting old.
Every few weeks here in Bermuda now we hear about a shooting. Sometimes they miss, lately they're getting better. Young men are dying.
I'm not shocked anymore.
I've resigned myself to the fact that this is what my island home has been reduced to. The politicians don't seem to give a damn. The police appear to be chasing their tails because that's far more exciting than actually coming up with a concrete plan to stop the gang violence, and the rest of us...well, I guess the rest of us are thinking of Plan B. When it all goes south, which it will at some point, we'll get out.
Sad, isn't it?
Things that angered me, made me shudder and want to rise up in some kind of protest against them just kind of breeze over my head now. Perhaps when you're bombarded with dirt, filth and just plain evil day after day, eventually you inoculate yourself against it.
Maybe that's why so many movies are filled with explicit sex scenes, violent killings and language that would make your Great Aunt Gertrude turn over in her grave more than once.
Maybe we've become so used to the lack of respect that today's young people have for the older generation that we don't even notice it.
Maybe we accept the rebellious teenager or the abusive spouse's behavior because we just don't see any options. And maybe there aren't any. Counseling costs too much. You'd go to the church but the Christians are too busy fighting with each other about what kind of music to play on Sunday or what words should or shouldn't be included in a Christian novel. They didn't even hear you knocking on the door.
Does that shock you?
I don't know what the answer is. I do know Who the answer is. But I don't see many folk turning to Him anymore.
Faith takes too much work, I guess. You can't text Him and get an immediate answer. Can't meet up at Starbucks for a good old gossip session. We are too busy chasing the things of this world to worry about chasing after God.
He knows where we are, right? If He was that interested, wouldn't He do something about it?
I hear that quite a bit and it makes me smile. Because I know what its like to be hit over the head with God's two by four. Be careful what you ask for.
So I don't know. I don't know why our society is simmering with the stench of rotting garbage. I don't know why those of us who say we believe, who say we stand on the side of grace and mercy and justice aren't doing much about it.
I don't know why I'm not doing much but writing out my feelings through words I can only hope will touch the people who need to read them. Perhaps, in the scheme of things, it is enough. Most days I feel its not.
I do know that the more accepting we become of the things that maybe even a year ago would have made us cringe, the more prevalent they will become.
So today I have two questions for you.
What shocks you?
What are you going to do about it?
Posted by Catherine West at 3:57 AM