May 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
Mathematics professor John Allen William Flew once said that “uncertainty is the only security there is, and know how to live with insecurity is the only security.” In a world where there seemed to be impregnable fall, where the earthquake and tsunamis devastate the whole area and where the economy can be fun and downs next quarter, it may well feel that nothing is certain or secure any others.
But, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ celebrated on Easter Sunday, there is a fixed point in history, about which we can orient yourself in a world that may seem confusing.
When I read the Gospels I am often surprised by what Jesus says and does. Rather than offer his followers a life of security and simplicity, he invites them to “take up his cross and follow me.” It has become so familiar a phrase that has lost its power to shock us. As Jesus said: “choose your own instrument of death and follow me to the place of execution.” Hardly attractive invitation!
And yet, people flocked to him. To see Jesus’ life meaning and purpose, even in the midst of uncertainty and suffering. In Jesus they see life as it can and should be. And this is life lived in the midst of pain and sorrow, bringing hope and transformation. It is a call to followers of Jesus for centuries and still our call today.
For me, to be obedient to the call of Jesus to follow him, even in the areas of pain and suffering, it meant standing up for the oppressed. This partly stems from my own experience the brutality of General Idi Amin in Uganda, but also true passion for helping those in difficult times at home and abroad. Our common humanity compels us not to pass on the other side.
“Them” and “us” attitude is not sustainable in a world that is increasingly becoming a global village. So Martin Luther King was spot on when he said. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to keep”