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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.
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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