A couple of weeks ago in worship we heard Nathan’s parable about rich and poor neighbours, which he told to David after David’s assault on Bathsheba and murder of Uriah. If you want to read the story again, it’s 2 Samuel 12:1-4.
I was reminded of the parable, while watching a current affairs program the other night. Let me share with you a modern story – that sounds very much like Nathan’s.
In the great cities of Brisbane and Sydney, there were people who had low incomes who were living in public housing. At the time the houses were built, the locations were probably not considered particularly desirable. But now, there were wealthy people living very near the public housing residents, and the land the low income earners were living on was considered to be very valuable.
A television crew found it to be very offensive that low income earners were living on such valuable land, and even made a point that a wealthy movie star was living only a few hundred metres away from a block of public housing units.
The television crew believed this was a problem that needed to be solved, and recommended that the states of Queensland and New South Wales should move the public tenants out – taking them away from their homes, their work, the communities they were a part of – so the land could be sold to build more expensive houses for wealthy people.
I wonder if we have any modern-day prophets in our society, to call us back to our God-given responsibility to respect and care for others, particularly those who are least able to care for themselves.
Grace and peace