Some days just leave you shaking your head, don't they? At the risk of sounding arrogant, I would venture to say that it is rare that we humans can interact in a 24 hour period without encountering someone who is a fool. To be clear, fools could be best described as those who are capable, yet make poor decisions or hold unsavory attitudes in spite of knowing better.
While we all fall short of the glory of God and require mercy, the Lord is clear in his word that those who knowingly remain on a path of foolishness, are greatly displeasing to Him. (On a side note, I highly recommend that you go to https://www.biblegateway.com/ and search the word "fool" for your own in-depth study.)
Life can be difficult in the world of special needs, so being longsuffering with fools can be extra challenging for families like ours. This week's "winners" will likely have you shaking your head for lack of tolerance.
Our first all-stars are found in the "City of Brotherly Love," Philadelphia. A driver for a medical van service made the mistake of stopping outside his city home while he had 2 passengers on board. Apparently, he saw that he had left the lights on. While he made a mad dash into his home to turn the lights off, two fools got into the van and drove off with it.
Fortunately, the two disabled passengers were kept safe, being found by police shortly thereafter, dropped off on a city street. However, the transport van with the company name on it remained missing at last check. Unreal.
I can't read this story of fools without thinking of all the other deviants who steal the special bicycles of challenged children across this nation. It just seems that barely a week goes by without a story coming across my desk of one of these long-awaited, life-changing items being stolen. It feels just a little more evil and deranged when such crimes are committed against the vulnerable in our world.
Such foolishness can only be topped by someone who is disabled themselves committing a crime. Long-time followers of this blog may recall the 2013 piece I wrote about paralympian star, Oscar Pistorius. Ultimately found guilty of manslaughter rather than murder, he was recently poised to be released to live on parole in his uncle's luxurious mansion after serving only 10 months of his already light 5 year sentence.
After public outrage, most notably from South African women's groups, the country's Justice Minister blocked Pistorius' release. Apparently, South Africa's Supreme Court will have the final say on this matter. It seems that the country's laws are very lax when it comes to the early release of well-behaved prisoners due to prison overcrowding. This case will bring new scrutiny to the faulty legal system.
Whether victim or perpetrator, foolish criminals hurt us all. We surely need more understanding for our most vulnerable and violated rather than these insane brutes who leap before they look.
~ Barb Dittrich
* Police: Man stole minivan with special-needs patients inside
* Van with special needs men inside stolen
* With early release from prison, what's next for Oscar Pistorius?
* Why South Africa Wasn’t Ready to Release Oscar Pistorius