Shocking Priorities

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“The world reacted with shock, horror, and prayers to the massive fire Monday at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, united in grief and in solidarity with the people of France.”

This is a quote from a CBN report. It goes on to say, “The Vatican said Pope Francis “has seen with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world.”  

$1 000 000 000 has already been pledged by wealthy business people to rebuild it. There is no doubt that the Notre Dame Cathedral is a beautiful building of historical significance and it holds a special place in the hearts of many people. But it’s just that… a building! It is a man-made thing that’s destruction has got millions of people in tears. It is said to be a symbol of Christianity. However, a symbol of Christianity should not be found in a building, but in the love that Christ followers have for every human being.

The destruction of a building should concern us far less than the huge number of people who are dying every day from preventable causes like hunger, thirst and treatable illnesses. Where are our tears for the 25 thousand people who die of hunger every day? Why have we become more concerned about bricks and mortar, than we are about the most precious of all things – a human life? When our efforts to replace “things” become greater than our efforts to save a human life, our priorities are warped.

This has been a wake-up call to me as a Christian. I can no longer allow the noise of warped priorities to drown out the cries of human beings in need. All the buildings in the world don’t come close to comparing to the value of one single life.

Have an amazing day and a blessed Resurrection Sunday.


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