Monday, January 26, 2009
Yesterday, after church, I was lolling inside from the snowy days outdoors and giving myself permission to linger over favorite blogsites. One of those favorites is "The Painted Prayerbook". Always rich with visual works and thoughtfully constructed spiritual words, I came upon this phrase of Jan's that really smacked me!
"I wonder if the people of Israel ever wondered if human sacrifice might be easier, after all, than all this justice and kindness stuff."
In light of that sentence.....you know, I know, we all know that the economics of our current day aren't terrific and that hard decisions need to be made at times regarding employment vs. non-employment, firing versus hiring. These are neither welcomed nor easy decisions that must more and more often these days be pondered.
Listening to an NPR interview last week, I heard the interviewer asking persons on the street, or the studio, or wherever, whether given a choice of losing one's colleagues' or saving one's colleagues' salaries with cuts being absorbed by all - what would you do?
Several people never hesitated and stated although they would not like to take a cut in pay that if it meant saving jobs for more of their colleagues in these hard times, they would definitely consider a paycut worth the sacrifice. I thought that was a wonderful thing to hear......until a gentleman given that question said, "absolutely not, firings just cut the dead wood out of an organization and they probably weren't contributing that much anyway. No, he would not like or would not like being asked to consider taking a paycut!"
Arghhhhh, so what do hard decisions, firings, cutbacks, pink slips and the like have to do with human sacrifice? The human sacifice, it seems to me, comes about when persons making decisions hastily, without pondering justice and kindness beforehand make a decision(s) that clearly exhibits callousness toward another human being, whether friend, confidante, employee or colleague. Regrettably it is sometimes necessary to announce layoffs due to financial crises, and/or lack of competence but, I believe, it is not in God's plan that decisions should be cruel or announced in a way to impute job performance issues when there were not such.
Selfishness, greed, and lack of respect for one's fellow persons being laid off also falls outside the realm of justice and kindness. Being let go in a public arena, meaning not being told privately of the issues causing the layoff/firing, is humiliating at best, cruel at most.
So in some cases, I would say for some persons, human sacrifice is not only unquestionable but preferable with justice and kindness having really nothing to do with any thing.
I repeat, argggghhhhh - oh, and just yesterday I was blogging about not passing judgment on my fellow human beings......I've guess I've flunked again!