“Go forth and set the world on fire”. – Jesuit saying
Anti-government protests have rocked Hong Kong since April. Pro-democracy protesters have begun using petrol bombs in demonstrations against a government that threatens to take away the autonomy and rights unique to this former British colony since it was repatriated to China in 1997.
Clashes have turned violent and protesters have been injured, arrested and killed.
In Chile, violent protests were sparked by a metro fare hike of 30 pesos (about $.04). Students advocated fare evasion, which sparked an outbreak of turnstile-hopping. The demonstrations quickly escalated, bringing chaos, looting, and burning metro stations. Over a million protesters took to the streets in the capital, Santiago, and at least 19 people have been killed.
The root cause of the protests is income inequality. A recent study found that the top 1% of the Chilean population earns one-third of the nation’s wealth and that 50% of the population exists on less than $550 per month.
In Barcelona, the capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia in Spain, hundreds of thousands of citizens took to the streets protesting both for and against Catalan independence. Trash bins were set ablaze, objects were thrown at the police, and scores of people were injured.
The protests began when nine leaders of the pro-independence movement received heavy jail sentences from the Spanish supreme court.
The World is Burning
It sometimes seems like the world is burning. Demonstrators, passionate about their causes, are setting the world on fire.
Fire destroys, that is true. We can witness the fires of hatred, bigotry, injustice, and greed sweeping through the world, destroying people, institutions, and cultures.
But fires purify too. Fire is used to eradicate weeds and refine gold in the Bible. Flames create light in the darkness. Sometimes destruction precedes rebirth and tender green sprouts of hope arise from the ashes of ruins.
Holy fire can be used to obliterate the poverty, hunger, racism, misogyny, and ignorance we see in the world. What sparks can you cast today?
What sets you on fire? What will you burn?
“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!” Luke 12:49
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