A number of recent news stories, events and experiences have produced for me what I believe can be accurately called head shakers, breath takers and heart breakers. I’ll list a number of them and you can decide for yourself in which category you would place them. Here we go:
- Internal Revenue Service tax forms that are complicated, convoluted and confounding.
- Reports of people who fraudulently access federal government funds, often frivolously spending the hard earned money of taxpayers who comply with IRS regulations.
- Reports that the University of Texas paid nearly $10 million to buy out the contracts of their recently fired and newly hired football and basketball head coaches.
- Reports from various world hunger organizations that 17 million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition and that at least one million of them die every year.
- National arguments and protests surrounding Indiana and Arkansas legislators’ attempts to agree on religious liberty legislation.
- Concerns expressed by some that Religious Freedom Restoration Acts would encourage discrimination against specific segments of society, such as atheists or homosexuals. Never mind that discrimination is freely demonstrated against Christians every day.
- An agreement struck by the United States and other nations designed to restrain Iran’s nuclear facilities and capacity.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comment on the Iranian agreement: “Such a deal would not block Iran’s path to the bomb. It would pave it. It would increase the risks of nuclear proliferation in the region and the risks of a horrific war.”
- A German airliner’s co-pilot who locked his captain out of the cockpit and proceeded, intentionally and deliberately, to take the lives of all passengers and crew by crashing the plane into rugged mountainous French terrain.
- Medical reports that this co-pilot had suicidal tendencies, yet succeeded in camouflaging what would surely have disqualified him from the incredible responsibility borne by the thousands of pilots who fly millions of passengers around the world every day.
- The brutal slaying of 142 students, three policemen and three soldiers by al-Shabab, an Islamic jihadist terrorist group, during a 13-hour massacre at a university in Kenya.
- Al-Shabab’s subsequent warning of more attacks in retaliation for killings by Kenyan troops fighting al-Shabab in Somalia. They said: “Kenyan cities will run red with blood.”
You could add some shakers, takers and breakers of your own. In a very sobering sense, it’s no surprise that such realities occur, especially breath takers and heart breakers. We live in a broken world where Satan “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
In the midst of that fallen world, this past week those of us who bear the name of Christ rejoiced at the anniversary of his death defying resurrection! Someday, in the new heavens and new earth, righteousness will dwell and death will be no more. (2 Peter 3:13) I’m hoping that means no more head shakers, breath takers or heart breakers!