Friday, March 24, 2006the fine art of gratitude...
So the three remaining "Christian Peacemaker Teams" hostages have been liberated by coalition forces in Iraq. I'm sure everyone will agree, this is wonderful news.
What I find interesting though is the reaction to their rescue. Until late afternoon yesterday, the CBC website had the title "Released" over the article declaring the rescue operation of the three men in Iraq. Now I don't know about you, but I see a big difference between being "released" and being "rescued". By the end of the day, the heading of the article changed from "Released" to "Freed". CBC.ca must have received some e-mails.
Second interesting reaction comes from "Christian Peacemaker Teams" themselves. Now we must keep in mind that three of their own have been kept in bondage for months, in danger for their lives by militant Islamists. Their reaction? Well first they said:
"Our hearts are filled with joy today as we heard that Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember have been freed safely in Baghdad. Christian Peacemaker Teams rejoices with their families and friends at the expectation of their return to their loved ones and community. Together we have endured uncertainty, hope, fear, grief and now joy during the four months since they were abducted in Baghdad."
So the successful rescue effort was a good thing, according to the CPT. A rescue effort organized and orchestrated by coalition forces in Iraq, against the Islamists that held the three men captive. So the next part of their statement was gratitude to the rescuers... right? Wrong!
"We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq. The occupation must end."
Yep, instead of an honest, heartfelt "thanks", coalition forces got the back-hand. How nice.
I have had my skin "saved" from harm numerous times on the street during our Friday evangelistic efforts. Many of my rescuers have been ungodly perverts, Romanists, drunks, blasphemers... etc... etc. My response to their help has always been the same: "Thank you." When a soul puts himself/herself in harms way to be a help to someone else, that soul deserves some grace and kindness.
The absence of sincere thankfulness in the CPT's statement is just more corrupt fruit which shows to all that their "christianity" is quite un-Christian.
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour." (Romans 13:7)