Musings from a Mordecai
Musings from a Mordecai (9)
We’ve all been saying that we live in odd times for weeks now. Well, it seems to me that this last week has been the oddest yet. Many people are rejoicing that lockdown restrictions have been relaxed. Beaches in this country, and in the USA, were crowded over the long weekend with folk enjoying the sunshine and freedom. And yet, many other people are worried that these limits have been eased too soon. The fear of a second wave of infections is very real to them, and they are scared about what might like ahead.
Most disturbing to me has been the strange behaviour of a senior Government advisor, who had been telling others to stay at home to save lives, yet who drove 260 miles when he developed virus symptoms at a time when the lockdown was supposed to be strictly enforced. A lot of people have strong opinions about his actions, for and against, and that is a debate that I do not want to get into there. Whether he was right or not, however, it has left a large part of the population with the impression that the rules that apply to “ordinary” people are not relevant if you are “important”. And that perception, whether justified or not, worries me.
What makes someone “important”? How do we measure human worth? Many of us have been asking ourselves this as we’ve been through a prolonged period of idleness, unable to do the things that not only we enjoy, but which make us feel worthwhile and valued members of society. I may have been thinking about this for a little longer than the rest of you, as I was already on sick leave when lockdown started. Due to this annoying cancer, I haven’t done much for months now. Other people have been incredibly kind, and done all sorts of stuff for me, while I have done nothing. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am very deeply grateful for all the help that I have received, and I would not have coped without it. But sometimes I feel guilty for receiving so much and doing so little.
Where does my worth come from? Is it in how much money I earn or, on a more high minded approach, in how many people I help? When I take a step back and think, neither of those tests seems satisfactory. The very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1, tells us that:
God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. (vs 27)
There is something about every human being that is God-like, something in each of us that shows his image. Many theologians think it might be our creative impulse that is being talked about here, and that makes sense – the entire chapter is about God making the world. For myself, I think it is our capacity to love that shows God, for we know his very nature is Love (1 John 4:8).
Four years ago the papers were full of the story that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was not the son of the man he had always called father, but was the result of a brief affair his mother had had. It’s the sort of tale the press love – shameful sex, mixed with religion – and was doubtless intended to humiliate him. Instead he replied with deep grace:
'I know that I find who I am in Jesus Christ, not in genetics, and my identity in him never changes.'
My worth, my importance, lies in being a child of God. And, although at times I may lose sight of that, he never does.
God bless, Huw
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