DAY 70: Wednesday 27 May
I’M RIGHT !
Good morning all – I can barely believe this is the 70th morning I’ve sent out an email like this, but it is, so I must be right!
An observation by my dear wife over the past few days commenting “Why can’t people do as they’re told?” – it was more a comment rather than a serious question. There have been several occasions that have triggered the comment. Scenes of crowds massing on beaches around England with considerably less than 2 metres distance. The Press corps filmed outside Dominic Cummings’ London house who had chosen to ignore safe distancing rules. Groups of lads in Rectory Park on Monday afternoon playing football, obviously not all from the same household but plenty of physical contact and all of them had removed their shirt tops so plenty of sweaty body contact between them.
There was a slightly amusing story filmed by the culprit herself who had driven from Walsall to a north Wales beach for the day and when confronted by the local police threatened to report them to the authorities for telling her she wasn’t allowed on Welsh beaches. Her aggressive response revealed she didn’t have a clue that Wales was a different country to England and her only explanation was that she had been there three times before.
Then yesterday afternoon, Karen was further annoyed when a small crowd assembled on the pavement opposite, visitors to one of our neighbours and blocking the pavement as well. “Why can’t people do as they’re told?” for the sake of other people exclaimed my annoyed wife.
The Covid crisis may be new, but people not doing the right thing has plagued humanity for millennia. But who is to decide what is right and what is wrong? If we support the king, emperor or president, then following their laws and instructions may seem OK – that is until they do or say something that we disagree with, or it could be that power goes to their heads and they become dictators and despots, then we will disagree. This country has seen centuries of dissent, sometimes with disastrous outcomes. What we see in our culture as public dissent may in other countries turn to demonstrations, uprisings, civil disobedience, riots, extremism and then disasters. Most of the humanitarian disasters in the world have a background of conflict between opposing forces or of outright persecution, often for religious reasons, and it is always the ordinary people who suffer most.
The Bible speaks of the problems when people forget God and the law he has established so that mankind can live in peace with God and love toward other people.
The problem comes when we begin to think that we know better and we make our own rules to live by. It may not always be from selfish motives, often it can simply be misguided because we are judging situations and their outcomes with inadequate human sight and understanding.
Governments pass laws to ‘protect’ the rights of one group and often alienate another group, because no leader or government on earth can see the panorama of eternity as God sees.
Judges 17:6 - In those days there was no king in Israel, so every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Proverbs 21:2 - All the ways of a man seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives.
Proverbs 14:12 - You can rationalise it all you want to justify the wrong path you have chosen, but in the end, you will find you’re on the road to destruction.
Isaiah 5:21 - Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight
I frequently need to ask myself ‘could I possibly be wrong?’ What if the other person was right after all? The way to check it out is test it against the template of God’s Word – does it fit or not?
Yesterday Karen was using her sewing machine and an important clip snapped. Initially I was convinced it should rotate both ways, but it doesn’t – it only goes anticlockwise.
Now I could stamp my feet and insist it should move clockwise, I could be utterly convinced and tell everyone else it moves clockwise, have a rant on Facebook and will not give up until I get it to move clockwise.
But in the end, the only way is to move it the way the maker intended. In the same way, we can argue about religious doctrine, equality, human rights, freedoms, politics and so much more, but if it’s not part of the Maker’s design, things just won’t work as God intends and we end up losers and the poorer!
Next weekend marks ‘Pentecost’ the coming of the promised Holy Spirit and when Jesus told his disciples he said the Spirit will teach as well as guide and empower.
John 14:26 - But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.
Here’s a Hymnalong for today >>> RESTORE O LORD
Sheila is home and has asked to say thanks to all of you who have called, texted and prayed for her over the past weeks. Also thanks to those of you who have kept in contact with David through Sheila’s absence.
Christine Brookes is due to have a routine CT scan at Little Aston Hospital today
MAKE YOU SMILE: - more signs of getting old -
• The end of your tie doesn’t come anywhere near the top of your trousers.
• The little grey-haired lady you help across the street is your wife.
• The pharmacist has become your new best friend.
• There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.
• You are cautioned to slow down by your doctor instead of the police.
• You don’t care where your wife goes, provided you don’t have to go along as well.
• You have a choice of two nights out and you choose the one that gets you home earlier.