The Disconnect

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The Disconnect – 10 June 2007

Looking through this month’s “Outlook” guide for PBS, I happened upon a photo promoting an upcoming TV program: a bent-over man sits in a wheelchair on the edge of a lake, fishing rod in hand while a boy stands proudly holding a line dangling a fish.

This program description is offered:

“This program delves into a typical year in the life of Jon Whitmer, a man who refuses to allow the day-to-day challenges of Muscular Dystrophy to slow him.”

Do you see the disconnect here? Why would someone suffering from a disease be proud of his desire to take the life of a living creature who never did him any harm? One would hope that an affliction would teach the sufferer to value all of God’s creation, and to expend his/her energy in promoting life rather than death.

And why does the public glorify and make a hero out of someone who doesn’t make the connection? It’s this type of publicity that reinforces the hardness of heart in this world.
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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