Monday, March 29, 2004

In Memory of Cecilia Zhang

Received this today from a friend on my contact list. Follow suit if you wish.
Yesterday Morning 9 year old Cecilia Zhang's body was found in Missasauga ravine. Please put a capital C at the beginning of your name to show your respect>>pass this on to everyone online
Do I really need to comment on the state of our society? I think everyone knows. I am lucky here in Canada. It's a lot worse and much more frequent in other nations around the world. Part of me would rather be there to assist in making a difference where it's needed most. We shall see where my path in life leads me.

Woman reacts to death sentence for drug charges June 26, 2003. Posted by Hello
The above picture is of a woman who was sentenced to death and immediately executed on drug charges in China. The justice process in China sucks, to say the least. Quoted from an Amnesty International article on capital punishment in China:
Trials and the process of appeal are often summary. Furthermore, there is no independence of the judiciary in China. The ruling Chinese Communist Party influences the judicial process at every level of proceedings with courts in particular being monitored and run by Party bodies.
Political pressure on the judicial process is particularly acute during officially designated "strike hard" campaigns, where police, prosecutors and judges are under pressure to demonstrate speed and resolve at the expense of rigour and justice.
What they do to various partisan groups is sick. Given the above political pressure and influence, is it any surprise that people seem to get jailed and executed without just cause?

So I have saved the above picture to my harddrive as a permanent reminder of how much this world sucks. And as a permanent reminder to myself that I have made a vow that I will do what I can about it, God-willing. My resolve to get into a 3rd-world aid organization, some sort of enablement activity (with MSI!), or whatever is that much stronger now. Oh, and we'll have to have an extremely good reason to miss out volunteering at the Community of Hope street mission again on Saturdays.

The only question that comes back is... what can I do? Nothing. But whatever I can do will be good enough, God can do the rest.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things. No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider's web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched. Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways. The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace. So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead. We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves. We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away. For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities: rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on God, formenting oppression and revolt, uttering lies our hearts have conceived. So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
From Isaiah 59
The logic behind why turning one's back on God causes evil in this world is a discussion for another day.... Suffice it to say that it's not as simple as it would seem. But here's to making a difference, even the smallest of differences.
A man was walking along the beach as the tide was out. He saw a little boy picking up starfish and throwing them into the ocean. He asked the boy, "What are you doing? There are so many starfish on this beach. You're not making any difference here!" The boy stopped and thought for a moment. Then he reached down, picked up a starfish, and threw it into the ocean. Then he turned to the man and said, "It made a difference for that one." ~Anonymous

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