Waste is Waste

>> Friday, April 12, 2013


Recently my husband and I experienced a four-hour tour of a local area that draws visitors from around the world … the Hanford Site. This area is basically known for one reason … it produced plutonium for America’s defense program during WWII, including the “fat boy” bomb. Production ceased in 1989 and the site was left with contaminated buildings, debris and soil, along with the radioactive reactors. Fifty-one miles of the Columbia River run through this site.

Clean up of the waste is absolutely vital to the well being of one million people who live downstream (including me).  

As we stood on the edge of a giant pit … 85 feet deep … our tour guide pointed out trailers that were in the process of being buried. Items of radioactive clothing, pipes, walls … anything that could possibly be contaminated … had been placed in barrels, the barrels placed in the trailers and the trailers hauled to the bottom of the pit to be covered over.

And then I spied a Waste Management truck traversing downward on the inside wall of the pit … back and forth … to a row of Port-a-Potties. When the truck arrived, the driver got out, pulled the hose from the back of the tank, and proceeded to hook it to the first potty.

Waste is waste.

Some is radioactive … some is just disgusting. But from the worst to the least, it all needs to be dealt with.

Isn’t life like that? Someone may have committed murder … torture … rape. In our human mind, that is the worst sort of depravity. Families are destroyed … lives changed forever. And for the perpetrator, the punishment is severe. They aren’t literally buried, but are placed in confinement … sometimes for the rest of their life.

But what about bullying? Gossip? Affairs? Young people are committing suicide due to being bullied. What’s the punishment for the bully? Words can destroy a person’s life. Affairs destroy families and change lives forever.

There is Someone even better than a Waste Management truck for all these offenses.

Waste is waste.

“He went on: “It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” Mark 7:20-23 (MSG)


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