The myth of scarcity is one of the most common paradigms operating in today's politics. Never has it been so cruelly exposed than in the events of the last few weeks, when Europe has been reached by thousands of suffering people from Syria, Libya and other troubled parts of the Middle East and North Africa.
This myth, often peddled by politicians on the right, asserts that EU nations cannot cope with the influx of refugees and migrants as we do not have enough resources to go around. It is a wicked lie. The truth is we are often unwilling to share, or make the sacrifices that would make room for these fellow human beings in our communities and in our countries.
Recently, I have been preaching on Sundays on Parables of Jesus which contain disturbing thoughts that challenge us about the way we see the world around us and how we ourselves approach life. One such example is the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Matt 25: 1-13) within which we find tucked away in the detail, this myth of scarcity. For me, it sits uncomfortably with the tenor of the story itself, which is meant to be about preparing for the feast of the Kingdom.
I'm pretty sure that Jesus didn't believe the myth of scarcity, and neither should we. There is more than enough to go round. The issue is our willingness to redistribute and share. And lets face it - if faced with this utter human tragedy on our shores we cannot be moved to share with our fellow human beings, then we never will.
If you are interested in the passage and want to listen to the sermon you can find it here: