“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

Monday, August 16, 2004

Refreshing disbelief

This past week I was teaching a lesson from the book of Acts to our class which includes adults with developmental disabilities. We were discussing Acts chapter 9, and the notion of persecution or discrimination. That is, the manner in which Paul was persecuting Christians at that time. By the way, it is interesting to compare Paul holding the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen, thinking they were doing something in the name of their god, to the beheadings in Iraq. I pray that God will turn those misguided fanatics around in the same manner he turned the misguided fanatic, Saul around. Anyway, in trying to illustrate the idea of persecution or discrimination, I mentioned how there used to be terrible discrimination against people on the basis of their skin color in the United States, and how there still is in some places.

The exact words from some of the members of the class (remember these are people with cognitive disabilities) was, "That doesn't make any sense!" "That (the color of your skin) doesn't make any difference!" "Why would they do that?" The indignant disbelief of the people in the group was so refreshing.


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