Theology, Human Rights and Karma !

Posted: May 10, 2013 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

Christian News, Religion Today.

When traveling in India several years ago, I was deeply moved by that country’s grinding and pervasive poverty. In urban regions and also in the agricultural countryside, millions of Indians lead lives of material desperation.

In the cities, the impoverished languish on sidewalks used by wealthy entrepreneurs. This juxtaposition was painful to see, so I asked an Indian colleague about how his countrymen could ignore the desperately poor in their midst. This was, perhaps, a tactless question, but it is hard to watch children living in filth and degradation, day after day, and not wonder what is being done.

My friend responded that under the Indian Constitution, caste discrimination is outlawed, but in their hearts, Hindu Indians look at someone in great need and think, “He’s getting what he deserves.”

This is the practical outworking of a theological conviction – in this instance, karma.

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