Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
June 8th, 2007
The Injustice of It All

 

Oh fer land ‘sakes.  I cannot *believe* that I am going to blog about paris Hilton, but nonetheless, I am.

As a disclaimer… I don’t seek out this sort of tripe. I don’t have a tv and CNN is my homepage so I can get the news at a glance when I log on.  And what is the reigning story of the week?  The seething outrage of “the people” at Paris Hilton’s early release.

Even Rush Limbaugh is talking about it.  Is there no escape?  Apparently, the ‘normal average’ person is hopping mad that Paris does not ‘get what she deserves’.

It is human nature to want justice.  God’s law set up an extensive system for justice.  We all have a tendency to seethe when somebody who SHOULD get knocked off their high horse instead just gets to ride off into the sunset still securely saddled onto said high horse.  It makes us crazy.  We demand justice.  We demand full payment.  It is only right that those high falutin’, rich, spoiled brats get a taste of ‘the real world’ that the rest of us have to suffer thru.  We want to see Paris Hilton with no make up on, eating prison food, in rough prison clothes, cleaning toilets.  "It would serve her right."

Boy oh boy am I glad that God does not grant these types of wishes.

Do you realize that much of the world does not have running water or electricity?  I always hear reports that Americans are hated all around the world.  I bet we are. They are wishing that WE (yes, me and you) would get what they think WE deserve. While I love America and am grateful for it’s freedoms and luxuries, I cannot help but notice how sublimely spoiled rotten and selfish we are.  I imagine that the rest of the world views ALL Americans as little individual ‘paris hiltons’.  From their standard of living, that’s probably not a far-off comparison.

I, for one, am incredibly grateful for common grace.  I am glad for the luxuries I have (food in the fridge, an air conditioner, a house with more than one room, a toilet that flushes).  I will not wish for *anybody* to get knocked off their high horse.  Instead I will pray that God would reveal my own faults, hypocrisy, short-comings and pride — and that He will show me in a gentle, non violent way.  I don’t want to get chastised heavily, nor should I wish ‘heavy chastisement’ for others.  It reminds me of the parable where the king forgave a debtor of his great debt… and then that same debtor turns around and has NO mercy for his fellow man who owes him a small amount.

I thank Him *mightily* that He does not ‘give me what I deserve’.

 

 

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  1. sweetpotato said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

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    *Looks both ways* I'm coming out of hiding to comment because I really like this post!

    I must admit, I had been taking unholy relish in Paris Hilton's plight up until now. This definitely puts a different spin on it for me!

    Thanks for making me think! (Something I do far too little of…)

  2. 2peter318 said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 2:21 pm

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    That was said beautifully. I think we do tend to get on our high horses, and forget who we really are, or just don't want to admit it. Thanks for writing it. 🙂

    JoAnn

  3. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    not watching TV

    because of (can I say stupid?) silly stuff like this. My DH catches up on the news in the evening and I hear it in the background.

    I so agree sister as to why countries hate us. I wish I could make a bigger difference in the world then I do, but raising Godly girls and not paris hiltons is my mission field right now.

    Thanks for writing such a great blog.

  4. JenIG said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 3:06 pm

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    hi sweetpotato! and a very hearty welcome to you. thanks for your nice comment. it's nice to 'meet you'

  5. Anonymous said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

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    Mrs Ig, great point as always. One thing I wish the rest of the world would learn is how ex*****ve it is to live in the USA. My aunt and uncle were in foreign service and were in Haiti for a time. Their former housekeeper was one of them "boat people" in the early 80s and turned up illegally in the USA. After they got his paperwork straightened out, he learned all the expenses of living here. For one thing, you need to wear shoes, something no one does in Haiti. For another thing, you need to wear long pants and coats for much of the year. The cost of clothing alone was more than his $1000/year Haitian wage could comprehend. Then you need to have heat in your house — another new concept.

    That's my theory why Europe conquered the world — to get access to warm weather. Anyway, all these third world yokels who hear about fabulous American wealth should learn about the even more fabulous American cost of living.

  6. jayfromcleveland said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 3:18 pm

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    The above post was from me — jayfromcleveland. For some reason, this quirky HSB system logged me in but didnt record my post. One of the many reasons my blogging has tapered off!

  7. jayfromcleveland said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

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    Oh, and why did the system bleep out a word that is spelled E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E??? Is that some profanity filter gone wild? I know the cost of living is obscene, but last I checked the word wasn't a cuss word!

  8. Rebeca said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 3:34 pm

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    Amen, sister!

  9. tn3jcarter said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Great entry Jen

    Yes, we are all too quick to relish in someone else getting "what they deserve" never considering what our just desserts would be. Yikes.

    Very good reminder.

    And in looking at Jay's word expensive censored. I wonder if he might have inadvertently reversed two letters in the middle. I misspelled something once and thankfully the system caught me. :O)

  10. andijeane said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Amen!

    I am so glad that God chose to not give me what I deserve! Thank you, Jesus, that Your grace is for everyone!

    Thanks for writing this!

    ~Andrea 🙂

  11. Nancy said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Who?

    I have no idea who Paris Hilton is, or what she did. But I do know who Jen is and I think she writes really great blogs and other stuff!

    Love,

    Nancy,

    (thankful she doesn't get what she deserves either)

  12. nsremom said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 9:17 pm

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    I was JUST thinking this moments ago. (after turning on the computer) That it was all ridiculous, and that the story of Paris Hilton was front page news? WHHHAAT?

    dumb.

  13. Shay said,

    on June 8th, 2007 at 10:14 pm

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    VERY well said my friend!!!!

    Have a GRAND weekend 🙂

    Shay

  14. quietcajun said,

    on June 9th, 2007 at 12:05 am

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    Isn't amazing that anyone even spends time knowing who Paris Hilton IS? Don't people have anything better to do than criticize others?

    You make some very important points here! (as usual!!!)

  15. iluvmy3chickiesandtheirdaddy2 said,

    on June 9th, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    Hi

    just thinkin' about ya!!

    Love, Dawn

  16. His4life said,

    on June 9th, 2007 at 10:40 pm

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    Me, too!!!!!

  17. mainey said,

    on June 10th, 2007 at 5:30 am

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    That was perfectly phrased and captures the common sense and humanity in your blog that has kept me lurking on your page for months now!!

    I love reading your insight and hearing about your adventures!!

  18. Testimony said,

    on June 10th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    I agree

    I just wanted to say, "hi." I did not know anything about Paris Hilton(whatever her name is). I saw her picture and paper in those tabloid papers at the checkout aisle of the supermarket, but I try not to read them or glance at them. I only found out about this incident from your article.

    I think that Americans really have it great. Do you know that even a homeless person living in the streets of America live better than homeless people in foreign countries? Think about it. A homeless person here can eat a three course meal out of a dumpster. Restaurants throw away fully cooked meals many times that people never eat. Well, in a third world country, where everyone is poor there are no restaurants dumping out full meals. A person on welfare in American is equivalent to a middle class in some impoverish countries. We are spoiled.

    Thank God for His grace.

  19. blessingsundreamtof said,

    on June 10th, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    So, I'm not the only one

    Hi Jen,

    Yep… my lastest post was about Paris as well… with a little different twist than your thoughts. Go figure, me writing about anything from Hollywood! As always, your writings are a joy!

    Blessings,

    :)Michelle

    Edited by blessingsundreamtof on Jun. 10, 2007 at 10:40 PM

  20. DandelionSeeds said,

    on June 10th, 2007 at 11:03 pm

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    Preach it sista…

    I miss you…

    We always want justice for someone else, but mercy for ourselves…

    Wonderful job…

    Love,

    Nutpickle

  21. Melkhi said,

    on June 12th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    I hadn't…

    given Paris Hilton and her predicament much thought, but I'm glad that you have and that you have shared your thinking on your blog. This post shows Romans 12:2 at work in your mind.

  22. mycrazylife said,

    on June 14th, 2007 at 7:07 am

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    Very well spoken oh wise one. Nary a day goes by that I am not thankful for indoor plumbing and full stomachs, but most of all God's grace.

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