Like many others I get upset at the unnecessary loss of life when, for whatever reason people take extreme action (like members of a radical group such as Isis, or simply someone driven beyond reason by events that have made life intolerable for them). The lorry driven into people at a Christmas Market in Berlin is the latest example and we know little to nothing about the person (or persons) who organised and carried out this massacre.
Already people have been jumping on the band-wagon and calling for refugees and immigrants to be removed or at least heavily curtailed and checked. But even if that lorry driver was one of those millions of refugees admitted to Germany as part of that countries response to a great human need we should remember that he was only one person. That there a millions of others who have not broken the law – who simply need a helping hand until they can climb up onto that human level that most of us live now or aspire to.
By helping those millions we are doing something that is built into our human core – and perhaps in doing that we will be helping ourselves physically and spiritually. It applies to all human beings but especially to those who call themselves Christians. I love the words in Micah that tell us exactly where we stand : “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (from English Revised Version).
So, let’s not blame all others for the evil that some do – rather lets help make the world a place where no one needs to do that which is wrong.