Monday, July 11, 2016

WHAT HAPPENED?

There are two more posts left from "The Trip", but they will have to come another day.  There are more important things to say today.

Photo Credit-ABC News

This photograph poignantly captures the feelings of the majority of our nation.  We have a black-female police officer sitting in the aftermath of the shooting in Dallas--with the body language of disbelief.  I would title it "What happened?".

Let us not begin today with last week-instead let us go back almost 80 years ago--to the 1930's.  The world is filled with injustice--dis-satisfaction--dis-contentment--and rage over circumstances.  Along comes an ideology which promises to correct the wrongs--provide justice for the suppressed--give power to the masses----and an entire nation jumps on board the train to the promised land.  A toehold is gained by evil with the guarantee of fixing what was broken.  With that toehold comes the willingness to ignore what is happening to entire classes of people--those who don't look or act like them.

When traveling through Europe--especially Germany--for the most part there is a deep shame for what happened during World War II.  We ask ourselves how could this have ever happened--what could have made wrong seem right?


When a nation only thinks of the promises of what we want and think we deserve, we begin to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the sufferings of those around us.  We become willing to ignore the destitute, the down trodden, and the persecuted--in a vain attempt to make our world right.  We become mired in the philosophy of every man controls their destiny and ignore those caught in the quicksand of generational poverty.  We turn away and refuse to listen to the cries of others and instead focus on what "They" should be doing to fix their problems.

Officers and a protester at Belo Garden Park in Dallas, before the ambush. Dallas Police Department

And then we are shocked, when they become so frustrated they protest, and some even snap and go over the edge of reason into the land of hatred.  As I have read and studied the Holocaust, one of the most alarming discoveries was the hate that continued for the Jews--even after the war had ended and the atrocities had been discovered.  Many Jews, who had already suffered the worst, were still pursued by those who had been taught to hate them.  They returned to their homes to find them ransacked and were denied the return of their property.  When you study this post-war era, you learn many-perhaps most Jews wanted to immigrate to Israel, but were denied by the British government due to the tension in the Mid-East.  Sound familiar?  All of this has been going on for a LONG time!  And then the scant remnant left of the Jewish nation are forced to leave their homelands and relocate and start over.  Forever denied by their fellow countrymen even the basic human right of reclaiming their homes and living in peace.



And now today, we have racial tension in our own great land-more than 150 years after the end of the Civil War--there is still hatred and discrimination.  My immediate response, "But I am NOT a prejudiced person!"  Perhaps not, BUT, my silence also can speak volumes.  Our discrimination comes from deep within us when we recognize someone is different--physically-philosophically-spiritually-culturally and become threatened by that which we do not understand.  It is a problem as old as man's fall in the garden.  Once Cain and Abel discovered their gifts to be different--they began to compete for dominance.  And here we are all these years later-still threatened by our differences.

What are we doing about the state of our nation?  Oh, we prayed in church yesterday---a really nice prayer--heart felt--imploring God to show us the way to justice and peace.  And--YES--prayer is the key--but as we read from I John--I was reminded our responsibility is admitting our sin---God then provides Our Advocate.  You see--we are expected to do something--make an effort--listen to others and hear what they are saying.  Work to correct the injustices and embrace the beauty of our differences.  This side of Heaven, there will always be strife--but SURELY we can do better than this?

So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness,  we are not practicing the truth.  BUT if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.
I John 1:6-7




5 comments:

  1. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you." John 15:12

    Christ must have known, when He said this, that it was impossible to do. There is no way we can love each other as He has loved. He was/is God. We are not. We are humans, and as such, we are full of prejudice, fear, suspicion, anger, hatred and every negative emotion you can think of.

    But our inherent inability to love as He did should not stop us from trying. It starts with each one of us and our relationship to the one closest to us. Parent, sibling, cousin, friend, colleague, neighbour and so on. Can we really say we truly love all these people? What chance have we then to love those we do not know? Those touched by our prejudices, fears, suspicions and other negative emotions?

    Prayers indeed are needed. But they should start with the prayer for self: that I may truly love others as I love myself, and as I was commanded to do.

    God bless.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well said, Victor.
      Thank you & God Bless You

      Delete
  2. Although I agree with you....something has to be said for accepting responsibilities for ones own actions. My sil is German and the stories she tells, so disheartening...The hate spewed from certain groups, the president, media and so on is just so disheartening...on a personal note, we lived for 21 years alongside the black community (and I refuse to say African American as we are all American!) in Alabama. We have heard and seen all sides...want to know what the biggest issue they say? (talk to any older person) and its not just on the black side either, it is the very fact of the breakdown of family....breakdown of values, morals, and so on. These younger folks are not being raised in loving families, no longer being raised in the church and so on. Just a sad shape we are in....the blame game is winning, sad to say. I don't know the answer....but one thing is sure, it has to stop. It is not a black vs. white issue, it is a human being issue. Until that can be recognized, I fear, it will only continue.

    Also, when I was being raised and we raised our son the same way; if you ever get stopped by the police, you are to respect them, if they tell you to jump, you jump (that's just a metaphor). You don't mouth off, you don't pull a gun, you don't go banshee on them...you respect them and be 100% truthful when asked questions. It all will work out in the end if it ever has to go to court. I don't know if I making any sense...just my humble opinion, friend.

    Ok, stepping off the soapbox.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well said, My Friend, and I totally agree the break down of the family has been tandemont to the break down of society. My years are waning, but my children & grandchildren have decades in front of them. It saddens me greatly that the America I grew up in & raised a family in will not be their America.

      You are invited to bring your soapbox over here anytime. I always treasure your opinions!
      Blessings!

      Delete
    2. I was coming back to delete my comment...I thought it was to harsh. I worry for my sons future as well....just so sad the times we live in...

      Delete

Your comments keep my writing and often cause me to think. A written form of a hug or a pat on the back and an occasional slap into reality---I treasure them all!