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CLARITY – 7-4-20 Shame on Hans Christian Andersen?


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-4-20

Shame on Hans Christian Andersen?

What’s Happening: “Danes awakened Friday to graffiti and accusations of racism – ‘racist fish’ was spray-painted at the base of the ‘Little Mermaid’ bronze statue visited by over 100 million annually. Famed children’s novelist, Hans Christian Andersen, was honored by the 107-year-old bronze of the character made famous in the Disney movie  The Little Mermaid, but it  was ‘decorated’ protest style. This was not the first time the statue has been desecrated, suffering decapitation twice during previous encounters. But this was reminiscent of the recent Black Lives Matter message and may be tied to protests that began in the U.S. after the heinous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Further investigation is required to find what racism protesters were talking about ( Quoting from the Reuters article that appeared yesterday: ‘I am having a hard time seeing what is particularly racist in the fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Ane Grum-Schwensen, researcher at the H.C. Andersen Center at University of Southern Denmark, told local news wire Ritzau.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So now even our fairy tales may be racist…”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…a reference may be vague, but pervasive and culture-shaping…or it could be just another attempt at dividing an already divisive society. Remember, ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand’ (Mark 3:25). That is one of the tools in the liberals’ toolbox, and it’s all about the next election. If they can paint the present administration as racist, maybe they won’t lose their black constituency.“

“Christians?  While we are absolutely against racism, we are not for division (Acts 17:26):

‘…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,’ (NASU)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be sensitive to those that have suffered greatly at the hands of our mistakes, but wary of some people’s selfish political motives; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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