Avatar and Aboriginals

I’m generally feeling better but I am not my normal self.  Mono definitely takes it out of you.  I went out to keep an appointment yesterday and even though I didn’t drive and was only out of the car for maybe 20 minutes, I came home and went to bed around 8 and slept for 12 hours.  I was exhausted.  So lounging around trying to find something I can watch and doze to isn’t an uncommon activity at this point.  Earlier this week I was doing just that and I came across the movie Avatar.  This reminded me of Aboriginals.  Yes there is a connection, I promise.  Just read on.

The Aboriginal people are sometimes referred to as invisible, just like any people group that exists but is generally ignored, not even noticed by the greater population around them.  Bill Bryson says it this way, “I just sat for some minutes and watched these poor disconnected people shuffle past.  Then I did what most white Australians do.  I read my newspaper and drank my coffee and didn’t see them anymore.”

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A week or so ago, I was eating dinner with friends and was telling them about the Aboriginals being invisible.  I was lamenting that there is no easy solution, no bandaid to this greater problem.  The wife of the family then reminded me that sometimes it can start simply. In Na’vi, the language created for the movie Avatar, a typical greeting is “I see you”.  Just greeting people and having them be seen is a big step in the right direction.  “Hello” is not enough at this point but “I see you” is extremely powerful.

Just like anything else, this is easier said than done.  And once my, your, our eyes are open and actually see invisible people, we open ourselves up to more pain, more heartache and more hopelessness.  But there is hope and there is an end to the pain.  Unlike the governments solution to just throw more money at the problem.  Unlike the general populations response to just ignore and wish the people away.  Christ is different.  He sees us and through his power allows us to see others.

The solution is to believe in Christ and get to know him better.  This is not just a bandaid, it is the eternal solution.  Ephesians 1:18 says “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”  My prayer is that the eyes of my heart would be opened and in knowing Christ better, my capacity to love and see the Aboriginal people would grow as well.  That once I am on the ground in Perth, I will be able to look at people and honestly say “I see you”.

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