Deuteronomy, ppauperWho invented the latrine?hthQuoteHowever, the Bible does speak about toilets. It is, for instance, mentioned in the story of Eglon and Ehud in Chapter 3 of the book of Judges. The king Eglon, while he was ?sitting alone in his cool roof chamber? (Judges 3, 20) ? a nice way to talk about toilets ? receives Ehud, who would use this opportunity to be along with the king to kill him. Interestingly, monarchs used to receive visitors while sitting in toilets. Not only in the Bible, but until the Middle Ages. It was a way to express their power, their authority, and I believe, to make visitors feel uncomfortable.Furthermore, Deuteronomy as a matter of personal hygiene, explicitly requests: ?You are to have a place outside the camp to serve as a latrine. You must have a spade among your other equipment and when you relieve yourself outside you must dig a hole with the spade and then turn and cover your excrement? (Deut 23, 12-13).I think we shouldn't be ashamed of talking about toilets. Of course, it might seem something strange for us living in Geneva, who can even choose the long or short flush of water, but not for billions of people around the world who do not have access to sanitation.The first reading of the Bible today (Deut 10, 16-19) reveals us a God who cares, who loves, who does justice to the poor, in the well known triad the orphan, the widow, the stranger. Poor today are also especially those who don't have access to sanitation, 2.5 billion people in the world, one in three people do not have access to a toilet ! As you may imagine these are the poorest. Access to sanitation is a matter of rights, of dignity and justice.The advocacy work of the EWN has focussed for years on Water AND Sanitation. In fact, the UN Assembly recognized the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in July 2010. And the Human Rights Council appointed a Special Rapporteur on safe drinking water and sanitation to make these available, accessible, safe, acceptable and affordable for all without discrimination.For us, Christians, it has been quite easy to talk about water. The second reading of the Bible, from the Book of Revelation (Rev 22, 1-5) is just one, among many, which stresses the relationship between water and life.
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