The scripture for today was Miriam’s song of praise after God parted the Red Sea, led the Israelites across and then let the sea fall on the Egyptians. The writer of Adult Bible Studies (Cokesbury, The Methodist Publishing House) suggested that some might be disturbed by Miriam’s poem for its military mood and violent language (“horse and rider thrown into the sea”). But, he goes on to point out, the Bible “reports things as they are, not as we wish they were.” And things were violent during Old Testament times (New Testament, too). I don’t have a problem with Miriam praising God and saying, “The Lord is a Warrior…”
However, this does remind me of a pet peeve: Taking yesterday’s heroes and judging them by today’s yardstick. There is a trend today to out every famous person’s past mistakes. And on a slow day, some media personnel searching for sensation look at past presidents, founders of our country, heroes of United States history and point out all their faults. Ahhh, this one owned slaves, that one had a mistress, another obviously had Asperger’s or ADHD. (Undiagnosed of course, because no one had heard of it back then. But we can pin point it because we saw a PBS special once.)
All this makes me wonder if some time in the future, when the world is enlightened, when there are universal child labor laws, when the world knows what our hunger for the newest electronics has cost in human sacrifice . . . what will historians look back at the leaders of 2012 and say? “They did a valiant job facing economic challenges, addressing climate change and health care. But they all owned iPhones!”
(An iPhone is made by hand by children working for FoxConn Corporation in Shenzhen, China. I can’t judge. My Tracfone was probably made there, too.)
And so this has moved from Miriam’s song to American heroes to children working 12 hour shifts in China. So much meandering you probably need a road map. Not exactly focused writing, but maybe a few morsels of food for thought.
For more information about FoxConn here’s a link http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57367950/the-dark-side-of-shiny-apple-products/
All week we have had to hear about the young intern who was seduced by JFK. She has kept quiet all this time but now she wants to tell it her way to “own her story”. Pul-ee-se!