demolishing the wall of silence: a Good Friday reflection

4 04 2007

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Here in New Zealand a recent report into Police conduct has been released. It is damning, citing evidence of “disgraceful” conduct by officers exploiting vulnerable people since 1979. The report highlights a “wall of silence” from officers protecting colleagues, systemic flaws in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse by police – including the lack of a basic code of conduct or clear rules for complaint processes – and negative, stereotyped views of complainants.

In response the Police Commissioner offered a full apology: “To all New Zealanders, I am truly sorry that a very few of our number have undermined the high expectations you rightly have of your police.”

It is a natural human response to avoid pain. One way this manifests is that we cover over our wrong doings and sin and pretend it doesn’t exist. The ‘wall of silence’ that some NZ Police promote is one such example.crucifixion2.jpg

Jesus’ dramatic and painful death on the cross offers a profound insight for us : By Jesus dying on the cross we can find forgiveness for our sins. We can be released from the vast amount of junk we carry in our lives, the guilt and shame can be washed away. Most of us know this but still we don’t act, we don’t confess to God our deepest hurt and pain. We remain bound by the past and don’t realize the freedom that comes through complete forgiveness. In a sense we have our own wall of silence. Areas we cover up and ignore about ourselves.

Why is this?

We avoid pain. We assume that in ignoring our shame and our sin, that we can continue on with business as usual. This may well be the case but God has unusual business planned for you and me. A deeper relationship with God releases new and exciting opportunities to serve Him. A more full life is possible.

So as we reflect on the death of Jesus may we be challenged to fully accept that sacrifice and face the pain in our own lives. And in bringing this before God, celebrate the release from bondage that full forgiveness will bring.

Mark

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2 responses

5 04 2007
Justin Davey

I think to that it is in the nature of men and women to be proud. It’s hard to admit our wrongs to God at times because we feel by receiving His grace we are God’s charity. We are to proud to be a “charity case” of God. Yet in the end who are we to put our wrongs above His grace! That’s absolutely ridiculous! For dying on the cross to save us Jesus at the very, very, very least should have our honesty!

9 04 2007
Ian of England

Mark

Much needed thoughts – keep them coming!

Ian

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