David Meade’s Apocalypse

ApocalypseAs Saturday, September 23, 2017, dawned sunny and bright in many areas of the world, sneers and snickers flew through social media. Bible naysayers of all types had their fun. People joked about accidentally planning their apocalypse parties for Sunday.

In some ways, I think it’s good that we sometimes take a step back and laugh at ourselves. Taking life too seriously is a problem for many.

Then, there is the problem of ridicule.

Does the “failure” of this “prophecy” mean that everyone who believes in God or the Bible is naive and stupid? What about other world faith traditions?  Is this further evidence that we can marginal all thoughts and beliefs held by a person or a group of people because of a handful of these sorts of instances? Can a person who seems to be out to lunch in one area of knowledge be an expert on something else?

How do we respond when we think that someone is truly making a big mistake? What if that error isn’t so big? Do we ever stop and think about how our comfort levels might be affecting our judgments of right and wrong?

Feel free to use the comments section to voice your opinion on how to handle diverse perspectives in our global society, as well as when it might be ok to draw the line and discount a person or a group of people in a public setting. (PLEASE keep all comments civil and on-topic. I reserve the right to remove comments that attack other commenters or are simply rude.)

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Questions of Religion

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I often run across news articles that cause me to seriously reflect on what I believe to be the state of the world. Recently, I paused over an article, “Christian Slapped with $12,000 ‘Shariah Fine’ for not Removing Shoes.”

It’s a short article, and it was written with some fairly obvious Christian bias. That’s my first pause. I suppose that if the publication is by Christians for Christians, I could cut the journalist a little bit of slack. Even so, I have a hard time understanding how to justify what appears to be an attempt to stir hard feelings against another religious group and/or the government. Sure, I believe that Christian rights should be honored with equal protection under the law (yes, I’m very American), but fear mongering isn’t helping the cause.

I am concerned about a system (and yes, I know this happened in Canada), that financially supports the side making the claim without providing an even opportunity for the party who has to be defended against the claim. Having only the article for information, it does look like the government is siding with minority groups without reasonable checks in place, putting a heavy burden on those who are accused — and opening the door to outrageous abuses of the system.

I am concerned that there was a breakdown in communication that became a legal incident. From the article, there is no telling if one side or both sides behaved badly as they communicated. But, it seems like adults should be able to be civil and transmit information to each other. How simple would it have been to remind your landlord of your beliefs and request that he and other visitors please remove their shoes when they enter your home? Shouldn’t a good Christian honor that request as a show of respect and Christian love?

Finally, my biggest concern is how touchy we all seem to be lately. Can a Christian say, “God bless you” without someone of another faith (or no faith) crying to social media that Christians are trying to force them to adopt their beliefs? Shouldn’t a Muslim woman be able to wear a hijab without fear of being called a terrorist? How can governments help ensure that all citizens have equal rights without getting into the business of religion?

Is there a way to make room for us all?