The headlines were striking and self-serving. An election winner had abandoned his wife and moved in with a campaign worker half his age. The new couple’s election victory, subsequent celebration, and an embrace from somewhere highlighted the pictures to illustrate the headline. On further reading it turns out that the accuser had effectively abandoned the relationship years before, been gone for long blocks of time, and had, on at least one account, moved in with another man months ago! I have no idea of who is right or wrong but one questioned haunted the article with every sentence. Why now?
The rationale was and is simple. Parliament is being beginning, the Queen has just finished her speech, and interest in those involved is at its highest. In blunt terms, dirt helps increase circulation. There were two obvious questions were apparently ignored by the writer and the editors. First, why were the questions and accusations being raised now? What was the story which either or both sides didn’t want you to know?
I find myself being driven to wonder about my life’s headlines. Am I merely echoing my self serving interests or am I responding to a need for the greater good? Am I driven by self or community? Can and will I be honest with myself?
I am extremely fortunate to have friends who don’t let me coast. I find myself facing their emails and phone calls, often wondering why I never heard anything like this when we were and are together. The answer then and now is the same; “I've told you these things so that when the time comes and they start in on you, you'll be well-warned and ready for them. I didn't tell you this earlier because I was with you every day.” (John 16.4)
I may wonder but the questions still stand, unanswered. Today is an opportunity to let me life tell the world and my soul what my heart really believes. Everything stands in the gap. Great opportunities are in reach. You and I can make a difference. Will we?
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