Thursday, February 10, 2011


Most of you have seen the video of the red-coated granny tackling four helmeted and biker-leathered bank robbers. At first, I thought it was a staged event for you-tube, especially as it was broad daylight, reasonably good video, and many people around.

But it seems this crime was more of a spectator sport. If so, perhaps advertising time and location would be good business, and filming would be improved. The police could be on standby to enter at the best-scripted moment.

However, we can’t count out granny busting in at the wrong time and messing things up. This one couldn’t keep her shopping bag to herself, flailing around at the thieves who weren’t hurting anyone. I’m surprised she wasn’t arrested for assault and battery.

Well, I guess that could happen yet. One of the thieves will probably accuse her of excessive force, injury and humiliation. Perhaps all four will launch a class action suit. More than likely in our topsy-turvy world.

If they could crucify Jesus Christ, who also never hurt anyone—didn’t even rob a jewellery store—then anything is possible. Just be careful what you believe, or you could suffer a similar fate.

Monday, February 7, 2011

How much do you think the most expensive house in the world is worth? How about just short of 2 billion dollars! And where do you think it’s found? How about Mumbai, India.

Completed this January, it encloses 400,000 square feet of interior space, rises 550 feet high above the Mumbai skyline, and is built above six floors of parking for staff and visitors. Facilities include ballroom, health floor with swimming pool, entertainment floor with theatre, outdoor gardens and entertaining levels at the top floors with views over the Arabian Sea.

The huge spaces and opulent finishes contrast vividly with the slums and ghettos to be found in Mumbai and all large Indian cities. Even the attached picture juxtaposes it against a poor neighbourhood.

Opulence anywhere is in strict contrast also to Jesus Christ Himself whose credentials could have provided Him with the richest environment. But He who was rich, for [our] sakes He became poor, so that [we] through His poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).

This is contrast is particularly true of the Church and its self-proclaimed leaders that represent him to the world. So many have accumulated fortunes in His name denying principles Christ exhibited; even preaching that affluence is the reward and mark of spirituality.

The tragedy here is that elaborate vestments, ceremonies, and liturgies insulate people from a true picture of Jesus Christ. He spent His time with the poor and social outcasts of his day. His primary audience was the common people, although not restricted to them.

But looking at the obvious purveyors of “Christian” affluence, begs the question whether our lifestyle shields us from those that Jesus would have spent time with. Do we have the love that overcomes our discomfort zones?