Benediction: (n) bestowing a blessing at the end
Granting rights does not remove the wrongs.
We have become a society which is obsessed with the notion of “human rights,” failing to understand that being granted a voice doesn’t guarantee that you’re being heard.
Because of this error in judgment, we often feel satisfied and pronounce a benediction of completion over projects that are still quite incomplete.
So suddenly we are confronted with some nasty occurrences of racism, prejudice, misogyny, ill-founded anger and wickedness.
- We feign surprise.
- We’re really not.
It is important to give rights to other races, other religions and other lifestyles. But it isn’t a blanket pardon for all their inconsistencies and anti-human aspects–which still need to be addressed–nor for the lingering prejudices which we regard to be “respecting their culture.”
We pronounce benedictions much too soon.
The service is not over.
There is still much we need to do, with a servant’s heart, to correct many a wrong … even though the rights are intact.