In our world, especially the political sphere, there has been much talk about the politics of fear. We see the world according to this understanding as a place where we are in competition with other groups; philosophies; race; creeds. It manifests itself in the negative culture of much of the political debate in contemporary society as was so patently obvious in the referendum about our membership of the EU and the result of the American Presidential election. There has been other events such as the Italian rejection of political reform and the near election of the far right candidate for the Austrian Presidency. Ones wonders what will happen in France and Germany in the coming year?
In all of this I look at the scriptures of the New Testament and see a world view that is at odds with much that has occurred in the past year. I see Jesus telling a story of a Samaritan helping a Jew; a woman who contrary to cultural expectations engaged in conversation with a foreign man (Jesus) at a well; people reintroduced into their communities because Jesus effected healing for them; of the meek being told they will inherit the earth despite the obvious contradictions there; a young woman singing her song of joy as she utters the words, “… the proud have been put down and the hungry fed….”. Yes I look at our disordered world but I do not despair for I remember one man inspires millions to this day with his vision of a world filled with hope, with love and with justice.
Have a good new year.