Friday, July 8, 2016

CHOOSE LOVE

"Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless."
 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated."
 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“...You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
 - Jesus Christ, New Testament, Matthew 22: 37-40


I lived in Dallas for many years, and I loved it. I still love that great city. I have many, many, good friends there all of whom I love. I am deeply saddened by what has happened there last night. I am also deeply saddened by the murders of the two men in Louisiana and Minnesota. These murders are troubling my spirit without relent.

I pray for all those who were shot in Dallas last night, and especially for the 5 police officers who were murdered. May their memory be eternal.

I pray for the families and friends of the murdered Dallas officers as well.

I also pray for the two men who were murdered in Louisiana and Minnesota. May their memory be eternal.

I pray for their families and friends.

This paranoid violence has to stop. The paranoia itself has to stop. I see it everywhere. It is in these problems of bigotry - on account of color and religion and gender and so many things. I see the paranoia in our campaigns this year. It is rampant.

We cannot make decisions based on paranoid ideas.

Take a breath. Calm your mind. Get off this internet and just “be” for a very long moment.

If you are Christian, then meditate on what Jesus actually said and did. That quote above from scripture leaves no doubt as to what He expected. It is crystal clear.

Be truthful with yourself about your own hate and paranoia. Be truthful about what He would expect from you.

It is a hard thing to do, but it must be done if you really believe. It must be done and you must do it daily. This internal reflection and questioning is not a luxury. It is a requirement of faith.

If you are of another faith, then try doing the same type of thing within your beliefs and be truthful with yourself.

We must all be truthful with ourselves about ourselves.

We cannot solve the problems of this great country and preserve this union if we are hating on one another, dividing ourselves into camps of “them” and “us”. Whether those divisions are because of color, or religion, or occupation, or political parties, or whatever those divisions are.

These are human-created divisions. They do not exist in the reality of life, because the reality of life is that we are all part of God’s creation. God’s creation does not have divisions.

He loves us all, no matter what.

He loves the two men murdered in Louisiana and Minnesota. He loves their families and friends.

He loves the police officers murdered in Dallas last night. He loves their families and friends.

There is a lot of hate going around in this country and on the internet. The immediacy of the internet fuels it because people can fire off words and thoughts without any consideration - without any hesitation.

We have a great responsibility here.

Today.

Now.

That great responsibility is two-fold.

To consider our words and thoughts with greater care.

To love.

It does work. It will help. It does matter.

Stop.            

Think.

Choose love.

Spread love.

Polla filia,
J. F.

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