The Good and the Bad

Today I have been surprised by two stories. One small, random act that shows human apathy and cruelty: this video of a Hungarian camerawoman who decides to kick and trip a refugee carrying a child across police lines.

Camerawoman in Hungary

And one that shows human kindness. A 95-year-old Jew named George Weidenfeld, who was rescued from Vienna and given a safe haven by Christians in London during World War II, is returning the favor to Christian Syrians. His goal is to rescue 2,000 families. Here’s the article: Repaying Christian Kindness

Syrian Chistians leave a church in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on July 13, 2015.  Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighbourhood in Hasakeh from the Islamic State (IS) group on June 29, but heavy clashes continued, a monitor said. AFP PHOTO / YOUSSEF KARWASHANYOUSSEF KARWASHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian Christians leave a church in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on July 13, 2015. Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighborhood in Hasakeh from the Islamic State (IS) group on June 29, but heavy clashes continued, a monitor said. AFP PHOTO / YOUSSEF KARWASHANYOUSSEF KARWASHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Because of God’s common grace, we humans can show kindness to each other in spite of our innate sinfulness. I read a verse today that reminded me to depend more fully upon that grace:

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

–Jesus

(John 6:63, ESV)

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