The text above is a prediction recorded by the Prophet Jakob Lorber in the 1800's. The prediction decribes a great technological age, but one with little faith in God. Since the timeline for this 'Age' is given as around 2000 years after Christ, one could be forgiven for believing that we are now in that very same age. However, it is not just the poor who are going hungry, we have people suffering far worse across the globe. We have human communities treating each other in the most inhuman ways, with hatreds that seemingly run so deep that one does indeed wonder if they can even be overcome without some sort of divine help, for sure our human attempts are well represented in the video below.
Well there may be little we can do about these matters across the globe. But we can at least extend love to those around us - to support those that are suffering and fight for those who need a champion. One battle that is playing out in Australia is the plight of refugees. In Christianity we are called upon to help the homeless and poor, not to find excuses to turn away, citing 'practicality' as a reason to harden our hearts. Could you really imagine Jesus saying the sorts of things our politicians say when it comes to so-called 'boat people' (as though they are not people like 'us')? Would Jesus say, 'sorry I cannot help those desperate and in need, I don't have the resources'? I doubt it. More likely he would say something along the lines of: 'if you have two coats, give one to your brother.' Here in Australia most people have more material things than they need. We can certainly provide clothing and many other things besides. We can also certainly feed these people as well, especially since we have possibly been supplying them with food in their home countries for years (through our exports). Thus exactly why can't we help refugees? Why must we act in ways that lead to suffering - locking up people, including children? Do we as a nation really lack love to the extent that we can harden our hearts to these people? That we can turn away from their suffering and misery? And in fact make it worse by incarcerating them and psychologically abusing them. Do we really need to create a mini Gaza here, near Australia's borders, in the name of defending our land against poor, desperate and homeless people? In many other aspects of life we are told that we are responsible for ourselves, we are encouraged to take risks to start businesses - and the possible failure of these businesses is seen as a cost of 'progress'. Yet, when it comes to helping others there is no 'risk' taking to be found. There is, apparently, no progress to made in such domains through risk taking. We will not - as a community - 'risk' helping these people, we will not 'risk' seeing what can be done. No, risk is only for individual endeavours, it is an ideology to be applied selectively to defend our (selfish?) market system against change, to defend a (heartless?) system where people are seen as responsible for themselves alone. Risk cannot be used in attempts to extend love, to extend charity, to take chances helping other people. Such seems to be the bereft morality of the modern world. A world without faith in God and humanity, but an unquestioning faith in 'markets' and enterpreneurship. Perhaps even a world largely without love?