I Love the Beeb!

14 Oct

I Love the Beeb!

For those of us in the U.S. who are fed up with the obstructionist career politicians on both sides of the aisle who have paralyzed our government for the past two weeks and counting . . .

We do remember that the BBC World Service is in English, yes? It is a good alternative news source to the steady 24/7 dose of negativity we are getting from government proceedings here in the good ole U.S. of A.

We have it in our cable television package, but for those who do not, it is available online.

Remember, Britain was once an empire, while the U.S. has tended to be isolationist more often than not over its two centuries of history. I am not saying that like it’s a bad thing. I can be pretty isolationist myself.

But history affects world view and so we see our news sources mostly reporting U.S. news (read: the shutdown) while BBC World keeps cheerily reporting news from every corner of the globe.

For example, I saw a report this morning that gave me greater awareness of the illegal immigration problem in Europe, in the EEC. Sometimes we Americans can forget that illegal immigration on the planet is a much larger problem than merely South and Central Americans (plus Mexicans, who are in North America) sneaking into the U.S.

Wherever there are have nots, you will find them wanting to join the haves.

In fact, Italy is having a summit to address all of the overcrowded boats setting off for Italian shores from North Africa. The closest crossing to Europe from Africa is pretty much Libya to Italy, so Africans from many nations are making their way to Libya to spend their hard-earned money taking a chance that they will make it across to Italy in a boat crammed with people (to maximize profits for the people who are taking them across illegally. They are already breaking immigration laws so why would they not break the laws regarding how many people should safely be on a boat???).

So, when Italy intercepts the boats and turns them back, you have people going back to Libya who are not Libyans. And who are out of money. Desperation breeds some pretty risky plans and so the problem is getting worse, not better.

Meanwhile, boats are sinking, with hundreds of people drowning at a time.

Not good. And the Italians don’t know what to do about it. They want to do the humane thing. And, of course, when they rescue people from a sinking boat, those people do come to Italy, at least temporarily.

Fact is, Italy’s immigration can be overwhelmed, but just as the people who are coming are from all over Africa, so they will settle all over Europe. Since European documentation works anywhere now, if they get permission to stay, they can move to another country legally.

And, if they remain illegally and elude the Italian authorities, they can cross any inner European borders they wish without being checked.

Very interesting discussion and one that is relevant to the church.

The part of the world that became majority Christian also is the part that tended, over the centuries, to produce the most wealth. That is a paradox. Jesus said His Kingdom was not of this world, but the principles He taught us do help us to live pretty effectively on this planet.

And wealth, in and of itself, is not a bad thing.

How do we use it to help others and, most of all, to advance His Kingdom?

I love the BBC most for keeping my attention on the world, rather than just on my own part of it!!!


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