Photo credit: “Jesus Wept” by Erik Hollander
As I browsed the news online this morning, I noticed that today is “Day Without Immigrants”, a protest in response to stepped-up deportations of illegal immigrants. All over the country, people are staying home from school and work to make their point. Restaurants and other businesses find themselves working with reduced staff. And that, of course, is the whole point of the protest – to make people see what things would be like if they suddenly were all deported.
Over in the Netherlands, authorities are keeping a sharp lookout for Dutch nationals from Syria and Iraq who are members of the Islamic State. DW News says some of them can be as young as 9 years old, so even children have to be scrutinized as possible terrorists.
Another news story focused on the rash of bomb threats at Jewish community centers and schools. Because the threats turn out to be fake, it hasn’t been getting a lot of attention. But just the threat of being bombed causes a lot of fear, and some people have stopped going to their cultural/religious centers.
The Toronto Sun in Canada reports that the co-founder of the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, Yusra Khogali, teaches that white people are genetic defects and are sub-human. Hmm, that sounds an awful lot like what white people used to say about black people. She has tweeted: “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today.”
Closer to home, a local artist who has created Biblical art for over a quarter of a century recently tried to sell some of his art online. The proceeds were going to be sent to help Syrian refugees. Paypal banned him from using their payment system, supposedly because of national security policies. Incredible.
It’s a strange world we are living in. Surely God weeps when He sees the humans he created putting down, attacking, oppressing and trying to kill each other. He sent Jesus here to bring peace and forgiveness, but people crucified him. Thank God this world is not our permanent home. We are only passing through.