Shimei cursed David in the latter’s time of sorrow and thought he could get away with it. No one attacks the Lord’s Anointing and believe he or she will be spare. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is grieved when anyone deliberately inflicted pain to others. The end of Shimei was a sad story (1 Kings 2:46).
In the wake of the Covid-19, there are numerous cases of public display of maltreatment, stigmatisations and verbal abuses levelled against the Chinese in France. Some Asians who are not even Chinese were not spared the brunt of the aggression. Then, much French thought they are safe in Europe and far away from being contaminated.
I took a solid stand to defend them for many reasons. First, as a Born-Again Christian, I understood the message of Christ, knowing there should never be such in my life. Second, as a business person who deals with Chinese businesses. Part of my solidarity was a public display of affection for the Chinese in my neighbourhood.
A few months later, France became one of the worst-hit European countries battling Covid-19. As the doctor said, “The virus has no passport.” Through human movements, it transported itself freely without any constraints into Europe. Some of those who died or infected with the virus are inevitably part of those who partook in negative labelling of the Chinese earlier this year.
Any lessons learned? Absolutely! What goes around comes around. My mother is fond of saying that when you point one finger at someone, the remaining nine fingers are yours. I advise everyone to desist from name-calling people impacted by the virus. It is a sin and Jehovah will not spare anyone who causes pain to others in a moment like this. Do not be the Shimei of our time. Show mercy! Do not be a curse in this time of sorrow.