Shamima Begum: what’s your answer?

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To be honest, I’ve been afraid to think critically about the Home Office’s decision to revoke Shamima Begum’s UK citizenship.

It’s easier to ignore it because it doesn’t really impact my life right now. But being the child of a God who cares about people means I must care too.

Putting in some mental effort is a must.

Shamima is human

My newsfeed tempts me to unfriend people who have used Begum’s case as an opportunity to get a few laughs.

But she’s an image bearer of a loving, relational God (Genesis 1:27). When you look at her face and hear her voice – she displays something of God.

But like us all, Shamima is a sinner (Romans 3:10).

She’s committed grievous sin by joining a terrorist group and is slow to repent. She’s also been sinned against and experienced this world’s brokenness after losing two children.

It’s easy to point the finger, isn’t it? We quickly jump to conclusions about how our country should view her. But when we do that, we condemn ourselves (Romans 2:3).

God is God

Amongst all the noise, ask yourself this: why do we care so much about human justice? Where does our moral anger come from?

Isn’t it that we share the image of a holy and just God who will one day judge the whole earth?

It doesn’t seem right when the wicked get away with murder. So we want a quick answer now. But will we have an answer for a holy God when we’re presented with all the filth of our lives?

Okay, so we haven’t joined a terrorist organisation. But we have flattered for selfish reasons, cheated, objectified the bodies of colleagues’ and friends’, committed murder in our hearts.

God’s given his gracious answer to our sin in Christ (Romans 8:1). This must surely give us patience and humility – if not clear answers – when confronted with cases like Shamima’s.