Recent fury has been rightly directed to a housemaid that featured in a recent viral video. The gross video shows a youthful house help torturing a toddler with unprecedented intensity. What else can depict our fallen nature than such?
Social media itself has been awash with opinions with some arguing mothers to stay at home rather than relegate their duties to housemaids. That’s secondary for me; my focus here is on how we can evaluate such heinous acts (and many others in a broken world) with both compassion and Christian understanding.
Compassion because some of our kid sisters and brothers have been left in the hands of strangers while their mothers aim for one more step up the corporate ladder. Understanding, because whereas the heinous acts of housemaids like these are not justifiable, we their employers and housemates understand we are all cut from the same cloth, of inherent sin.
Left to ourselves, we are all capable of doing even much more than what the girl in the living room did – keyword being “capable.” So as we grieve the depravity of such a terror-ridden house help, may we be reminded of our own depravity without Christ.
Because as foreign as it sounds, we are all made in God’s image yes – me, you, the kid on the floor and the house help.
Adolf Hitler might long be dead but fallen man’s DNA still runs through all of us (Rom 5:12), even when we would all like to distance ourselves from the heart of this house help.
That maid is you and I, at our worst, seeking a savior to rescue. From ISIS beheadings, leaked nude photos, to all this CCTV footage, may we not simply frown at fallen man’s activity, demand justice and move on to the next viral video without evaluating our own heart condition.
Man, created in the image of God (Gen 1:27), is inherently wicked and badly needs to be recreated in Christ, such videos remind us of our capacity without a transformed heart, let’s mourn with that in mind. Hopefully, after we have embraced the same re-creation in Christ, we will wipe our tears, wash our face and treat our house helps as the image of God, as we continue to hope in their ultimate redemption too.
This is the message Christianity has heralded for the last 2000 years. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9