Walking The Talk When Government Errs

When the Government Errs & Social Justice

  1. When pioneer Christians saw problems they became the solution. Alexandre Fleming discovered Penicillin. Pasteur discovered Pasteurisation –eliminating Bovine TB. Florence Nightingale went to the Battle Fields. Great missionary educators risked their life & sacrificed their careers to give undeveloped countries best of British Education, civil service, AR/FR etc. The present “Progressive Christians” only react with hot words – gaseous. Show me your work & I will hallow your name.  “Hallowed be Thy Name – Thy work be done by me in my patch of earth”.
  2. Stick to your field. Do not comment on fields on which you are not expert & do not comment unless you have a plan of action. SO stick to one field about which you will be practically active & not merely vocal
  3. Walk the talk. If you have no plan to walk – don’t talk. Speak only on what you will actionize for redemptive justice
  4. Francis of Assisi said – let your acts speak, talk only if necessary. To be realistic, let’s modify this to say – I will talk, placard, speak, protest, lobby – only on a subject about which I have a better plan of action than the Govt. (Rather than a plan of protest against Govt) & I will mobilise friends & resources to act to do what I can on the issue. For example youth in Vanni are aimless, teen pregnancies high. Partner with us in developing skill c That would be effective social justice.
  5. Calling a spade a spade is not Christ’s advocacy or ambassadorial style. We have to incarnate “washing the feet’ where Governments or decision makers err.
  6. Vocal vengeance is not only unbiblical achieves nothing besides placating your vexed conscience. Preserve your energy for constructive work rather than destructive criticism. Only reasonable constructive criticism is work you do that proves your point. Successful debate you do on any TV channel only entertain some more arm chair politicians who will do nothing more than sit again for another satire show.
  7. If you want to move legislature go to Parliament or to regional level representation.
  8. If you want to mitigate Justice, learn law well enough – take up injustice in the court house – not on FB pages & in arm chair politics.
  9. Farce artistry, Mockery, Cynicism – take the edge from injustice & offer fake exit from our accountability to own up & our responsibility to act. We disown grave issues into frothy laughter. Laughing at others is sick medicine. Being addictive, it exacts more vengeance each time – creating a superior class of expert commentators who drastically reduce the ranks of actual participators.
  10. List the injustices in your field – by the Govt, by the Corporate, by your profession, by the beneficiaries – by all stakeholders. List the victims. Prepare a document with experts on how you can tackle & at what end & what level & what modus you will use. Bring it to your cell group for prayer. Looking after victims of injustice is more important first step – than castigate oppressor.

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Profile Dr Lalith Mendis Dr Lalith Mendis topped his batch on his graduation from Colombo Medical Faculty in 1976. He won the coveted Final MBBS top student’s Herath Guneratne memorial Prize & gold medal, Prof Rajasuriya Clinical Medicine Prize, Pharmacology Medal, Pathology Medal. He passed the MRCP (Part 1) in 1978. He was Clinical Registrar, Dept of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine (1979 – 1980) & moved to Pharmacology. He won the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1979. His last academic post was as Lecturer in charge Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Kelaniya (1993 – 1999). Dr Lalith Mendis is the Founder Director of the Empathic Learning Centre, He has researched the effect of digital overuse on children & youth and developed empathic therapies to reverse inattention, impulsivity & hyperactivity. Dr Mendis hosts the monthly Digital Forum at his centre and has delivered lectures & conducted seminars on this theme in leading schools & Corporates in Colombo. He has also lectured in Germany, Malaysia & UK. Author of five books on the topic, his books Right Learning & Recovering Childhood, Children Our Heritage & Let the Children Come to Me are in their second print. His books are available from all major bookstores in Colombo. His latest book “Parenting Heart & Brain - in an age of digital domination” has a preface from the former Dean of the Medical faculty of Colombo. “I have been seeing children affected by too much cartoon abuse. This is not about ADHD but normal children with agitation & hyperactivity & inattention in studies”.

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