It is hard to watch one of the major political parties in the UK self destruct. The process is so clear and obvious that even the party faithful talk openly about the threat. It began almost as soon as the opposition came into power almost eight years ago even if the awareness of the rot within wasn’t obvious to all involved. In the past few weeks there has been a party revolt.
History remembered is rarely kind. Individuals tend to be blind to their past, exclusively remembering the good and better. At the same time, our natural tendency is to forget while putting the good news of others into a bin of forgetfulness. We gather their failures, mistakes, and moments of embarrassment. Usually the memories rest as idle trivia. It is as if they float listlessly, wandering our minds without a home. When success or change occurs we react.
Question Time used to be the high a verbal political sparing, a arm reaching back to guns at dawn. It most recent years the spark and intensity had gone on a walk. The question for everyone was simple; how would people react to change. Would the new guy cut it? The results shared from within the chamber were stunning! People laughed and cheered, on both sides. Verbal arrows and bombs flew with ease, hitting their targets with near perfect aim. The fight, at least for one battle, is on! The game is in play. Everyone faces the same question; what do we really believe? Are we going to act?
I have seen the fruits of my personal self destruction. I can see lines etched on the hearts of those that I deeply care about knowing that they are my handiwork. God has come along and offered you and me something totally different. In place of my judgment Divinity offers mercy. As a substitution for my debt I see Divinity’s sacrifice. Expecting jail, I can only see and find freedom. How should I react?
“Fear not, earth! Be glad and celebrate! God has done great things.” (Joel 2.21)