GET THE FACTS FIRST

Monday: 25th February, 2019

Reference text: Mark 9:14-29

Mark 9:16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”

In a very recent development, a young lady was charged with breaking immigration laws by staging a protest to prevent the deportation of a foreign national. While she narrowly avoided a jail term, she was fined for her actions. We would say that it was in her right to protest, but the only problem was she did so unaware of the full picture and entire background to the story.

Often, when we come across situations that appear unfair, our instincts appear to move ahead of us and prompt us to interfere in matters. Sometimes, we end up taking sides unconsciously and offer strong defense while only being privy to a partial story.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, yet when He encountered the scenes as described in today’s Gospel, He had to get his facts straight so He asked the question: ‘what are the arguments about?’ The answer to this question formed the basis upon which His subsequent actions were made. Beloved, we can readily offer apologies for a lot of things, but apologising because we did not know, is sometimes seen as a ‘lazy excuse’ because we could have found out.

Hence, one of the most awkward positions to be, is a place where one has to apologise for interfering without knowing the full extent of a situation. Instincts can appear to take lead, but let us do well to weigh in strongly into a discourse only after a clear understanding of the background and circumstances, lest we find our ourselves misunderstanding events.

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