Passing people by, walking on the other side of the street, not sharing a glance…an every day happening on most city streets. The Big Issue seller, with his back pack resting by the side has a struggle to make contact with those walking past.
What does it cost to be civil or smile or show some support, it doesn’t always mean parting with money.
A lack of care or an indifference seems to happen more in a wealthy society. And however many laws and regulations we have, a system built on increasing individual’s or an organisational wealth then maybe that inner morality is hard to maintain.
The Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks says in article for the Times,
‘Morality matters. Not just laws, regulations, supervisory authorities, committees of enquiry, courts, fines and punishments, but morality, the inner voice of self restraint that tells us not to do something even when it is to our advantage, even though it may be legal and even if there is fair chance that it won’t be found out.
Because it’s wrong. Because it’s dishonourable. Because it’s a breach of trust.’
The book of Amos, from the Old Testament, is also a book about society around the 700′s BC. A central plank to Amos is about social justice, and he wrote as a prophet about a society, where people were greedy and had stopped adhering to values, the wealthy elite had become rich at the expense of others. They had also reached a low point in their relationship with God.
They were passing people by, walking on the other side of the street and caring for themselves.
There is more about this under Trinity, in Faithgoeswalkabout.org for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity.
Rev’d Sue Martin