Tuesday, April 12, 2016

the lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. and those who know your name will put their trust in you; for you, lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. ps 9:9, 10

When I see a verse like this,  I often think of the worse case scenario, something similar out of John Foxe's Book of Martyrs, or more recently, DCTalk's Book of Martyrs, which is a more updated version of the antiquity, and of course, more relevant to this generation. I grew up reading the DCTalk's version of the book, and the above verse really reminds me of these stories.

Refuge and oppression are the two words I am contemplating today especially in context to social media. The idea, representation and reality of oppression are everywhere on social media - everything from first world to third world perspectives. Along with the social media news stream, comes the plethora of comments. Everyone has an opinion, everyone has an experience to share. You have the fatalists, the determinists, and the status quo. For those who present refuge, sometimes there is an awareness that giving refuge is for the here and now, and not a long time solution for the future.

Anyways, lots of food for thought.

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