Friday, August 30, 2013

Love and Peace

Every once in awhile, a movie will be released that touches peoples’ hearts and souls.  “The Butler” is just such a movie.  It’s a movie about the Civil Rights movement, but it is also a love story between a family and about those in our nation who came together to promote human rights.  The movie was inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, who served eight presidential terms as a White House butler.  It’s a beautiful movie, but one that was sometimes hard to watch.  Seeing what black Americans experienced during slavery times and what they had to go through to gain freedom is heart-wrenching.  But it was also heart-warming to see how people of all colors and races came together to support their freedom. 

Seeing this also made me think of what the American Indians went through with the early European settlers.  Indian children were taken from the loving arms of their parents, their hair was cut off, they weren’t permitted to speak their language or practice their spirituality, and they were forced to learn the “white man’s” ways. Many men, women, and children were slaughtered and/or forced to live on reservations just because they were “different.” 

Then we had the Holocaust.  Several million people were murdered just because they were Jewish.  Others were also slaughtered because they supported or helped hide the Jews from being caught.  Millions were held in concentration camps in the most deplorable conditions, never knowing if or when they would be sent to the gas chambers. 

Throughout history, man has committed the most horrendous atrocities against their fellow human beings.  Why?  Mostly because of the differences in beliefs, particularly religious beliefs.  Many who committed these atrocities did so saying they were doing it in the name of God. 

As we look at our history from Biblical times to the present, we’ve come a long way in realizing how much a part of each other we really are.  We are evolving, but we still have a lot of work to do.  Even today we’re seeing groups of people trying to keep others oppressed just because of a difference in beliefs and/or lifestyles.  Many are still struggling to overcome the discrimination, hate, and bigotry that is being propagated against them. 

The media only focuses on the negative and how people aren’t getting along.  But, friends, there is a much bigger picture.  People are coming together all over the world to promote love, peace, harmony, and oneness.  They’re standing up for their fellow beings with love, compassion, and kindness.  Various religions from all over the world are protecting those in other religions so that they can worship the religion of their choice.  Races are standing up for other races because they know that we are all equal in the eyes of God. And on and on it goes with humanity standing up for humanity.  There’s a grand and wonderful awakening occurring and people are starting to “get it.”  People are beginning to realize our oneness and if we are to survive in this world, then we better start getting along and learning to live with each other in peace.

I know this article strays a bit from my usual uplifting, motivational topics, but this has been on my heart and mind for some time and I felt led to share it with you.  Are we working towards love and peace, or against it?  Wherever we put our focus is what we are going to manifest.  I don’t know about you, but personally, I think it’s very sad to see religions and/or denominations fighting and arguing with each other.  We all have the same God, though we have our different beliefs as to what form or shape we believe our God to be based upon our experiences of God.  Can’t we all just find what we have in common and learn to love each other as we are which is what Jesus emphasized over and over.  “Love one another as I have loved you.  Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

The great Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” 

And Nelson Mandela said it best when he stated, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Wishing you love and peace. 

Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen August 30, 2013.

1 comment:

Rev. Joy Scudder said...

Rev. Karen, I have to disagree with one statement you made "...this article strays a bit from my usual uplifting, motivational topics..."

This is one of your finest, most uplifting articles I have had the opportunity to read. It makes me realize I am not alone.

Thank you!