September 11, 2006
Love Never Fails
I am not a religious person and as anyone who has been reading this Blog knows, I am usually suspicious of people who are overtly Christian. I tend to mistrust people who stand behind scripture. I do however believe in the inherit goodness of mankind and feel that spirituality is a personal way of life. Spirituality for me is staying true to a chosen practice and trying to better the earth and the beings that live on it. I think that religion and politics go hand in hand and don’t believe they can be separated. Spirituality and mysticism however exist on a separate plane. It is out there that I think we may find the cessation of our suffering.
So it may seem strange that I, of all people, have chosen to quote scripture on this the fifth anniversary of the September 11th. I have decided to keep quiet on the political implications the event, and the subsequent wars that have followed, have had on everyone in the world. For once, I am able to understand the simplicity that a few lines of scripture can bring. I felt it very appropriate to use these lines to make my point. I also think that this very Christian message when transposed over the message of our overtly Christian administration speaks volume about the hypocrisy of our government and its policies.
I am lucky not to live in the States, so I will be spared the brutally patriotic, mind numbing, propaganda many of you will endure, but as you become inundated with the hype, no matter which side you are on, remember that peace starts inside each of us. And although we may hate our own individual enemies, until we can follow these words we will perpetuate the hatred and violence.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble (1 John 2:9-10).
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye (Matthew 7:5).
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).
For those of you confused about how I could be using Christianity to get my point across, know this! I am using the language of my enemy. I have always resented organized religion, Christianity and Islam in particular, but now I want to lay down my animosity and preach peace. These words make sense, it doesn’t matter who says them.
Remember no one is ever right. Truth is relative. We find peace in dialogue and compromise, not in being right. Please share this with friends and link with other Bloggers. I am curious what kind of reaction it gets. Send your readers over. Let's start moving toward a new direction.
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