March 23, 2011
We are called to care for the world, especially those who are heavy burdened to whom we help carry those burdens. Nothing in that says we need to constantly, according to the media's general practice of this, have those concerns thrown to the front of our face. Such broadcasting causes us to become tired and eventually numb to the suffering which should motivate us to careand action.
It's always easier to love neighbors you don't know and enemies you don't have and forgive sins not committed against you. Certainly Christians ought to share with neighbors in distress around the world but the most important neighbors to learn to love are the ones next door or in your own home. It's relatively easy to love your neighbor around the world by writing checks or voicing concern. It's tougher to love those closest to you whose flaws, differences and conflicts are far more personal. That's where the majority of our focus should be. pvk
Caryn, I remember having a similar fatigue with 9/11/2001 coverage; I spent a lot of sleepless nights with Peter Jennings of ABC; I almost (like Jennings) started smoking again. We don't want to miss any "new" developments---fear, dread, gets mixed in with a morbid voyeurism---but it gets exhausting also to the point of our not caring any more. Sadly, though---like war, poverty, destruction and disaster---it just doesn't go away along with our flagging interest and waning concern.
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