If Only

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Currently their is a craze rippling around the world, you must be aware of it, throwing a bucket of ice water over yourself for charity.  Barak Obama is not allowed to partake of this, but never the less the news media have been berating him for not trivializing the office of President of the United States and staying dry.

Meanwhile 100 years after the Great War began the world seems no nearer any lasting peace.  Gazza, Iraq, Ukraine, Afganistan, Syria, South Sudan, Congo, Burma, Tibet, Sri Lanka and even Ferguson in the USA, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Individuals in countries, regions, communities, fearing for their lives, their futures, their families.  Nor let us forget countries like Sierra Leone struggling to cope with medical provision for their people, the 14 million people in Eastern Africa who are currently in need of food aid, the countless people who years after the TV cameras have left are still homeless after the devastating effects of the world’s weather system ransacked through their communities.

Now I am not saying that the person behind this idea has not done a good thing, the amount of publicity that was already around over young and old, rich and poor, celebrity and average punter dousing themselves in cold water has raised awareness for many charities not just the one who began it all can only be good.  I have had a good chuckle at some of the videos out there, been moved by the stories behind why some people have drenched themselves and been inspired by some of the people who have gone ahead with far more reasons than I to say no way!  No there is much to be applauded in this challenge, however.

The leaders of nations need to remove themselves from such stunts.  Why?  Well, firstly if they chuck a bucket of water over themselves this week what will they be expected to throw over themselves next?  Secondly, as national leaders their are far better ways for them to make lasting changes to peoples lives and they should be concentrating on that.  Thirdly, they need to be respected by all world leaders and some will certainly see such action as unbecoming.  Finally, apparently Obma has made a donation to the charity concerned, surely this is the important thing.  There is one thread of this trend that says that tipping the bucket of water over yourself means you don’t need to give as much or indeed anything to the charity!

One final thought would the BBC be ranting at the Queen for not pouring water over herself and posting it on her facebook feed?  Of course they wouldn’t, Obma and all other heads of nations should be treated with the same respect.

You might be wondering after that rant where the title of this post came from, well.  If only people would get so stirred up about the injustice in the world; if only people raised their voices to feed the hungry, ensure those who only know polluted water have clean water; if only people got agitated about the children being killed, the families living in fear, the lives and communities torn apart by war and conflict; if only people respected others of differing opinions; the if only’s could go on and on.

If you wish to pour a bucket of water over your head, go head I am not going to stop you, but before you start having a go at anyone else for apparently not doing so remember these words:

‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.  But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.* Matthew 6:1-4

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