“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” God
No man is my enemy but rather the thoughts and ideas that are behind that person.
So much evil has been done in the name of God. Millions slain, kingdoms and lives destroyed. People have even been tortured to death. Even is Christianity itself these things have taken place. Sure there may have been ulterior motives but the concept of God has been manipulated for hatred and violence.
When Jesus commands us to “Turn the other cheek” he his is not talking about a one-time thing for a slap. Rather he is proposing a strategy of pacifism and nonviolence. I have argued this point with my fellow Christians and for what seems to me as obvious, they cannot accept. After all, we are even to “Love our enemies.” But by twisting the scriptures I have seen people justify the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as pleasing in God’s sight, I am not joking.
For a Christian violence itself and what motivates that violence is the enemy. Materialism, greed, hatred, and the lies that people tell to manipulate people into committing organized violence. The only weapon sanctioned in the New Testament is the ‘Sword of the Spirit’ which is the Word of God.
We need to dissect the matter and examine closely why do we have war in the first place. Why can’t we all just get along?
Historically greed has been a great motivator. After all the ‘love of money is the root of all evil.’ It seems that whenever a country possesses great resources they come under attack. This goes back to every war in memory. The first Gulf War was to secure a base in the center of the oil-rich area. The second Gulf War was to secure the resources of Iraq and Afghanistan. World War One was a war of imperialistic powers to see who could dominate the world. The genocide of the Native Americans was to steal their land. The list is unfortunately extremely long.
So let’s take a step back and examine what motivates greed. As society exists today money is the primary thing. With money a person can acquire anything they desire. Lack of money, however, will leave a person both homeless and hungry. As such money is both a security and a source of power. When a person has a damaged ego and feels inferior they need to act in some way to compensate for what they lack. Thus selfishness is a sign of insecurity.
My dad was a child of the depression. For him, money was a sign of security. By possessing money he thought that he would always have the basic necessities of life. However, my dad took it one step further and lusted for money. He let the love of money infest his mind and pursued money at the detriment of other facets of his life. Money became his god and he would sacrifice other aspects of life for it.
What the world needs now is a kinder and gentler society. One where we put the value of a human being over the value of material possessions. I am not talking about welfare, which in some ways a trap, but rather a benevolent merging of society. If we made taking care of others a priority our world would benefit tremendously. If we put as much effort into making this world a better place as we do in fighting war, Earth would be an endless joy.
There was another shooting the other day. I believe ten people were killed. Was the problem guns? I would have to agree only to the extent as we ask the question ‘What prompts people that they feel they need to own a weapon?’ But that is a discussion for another day. Let’s look at the killer. What prompted him to kill? The murderer posted a picture wearing a shirt with the words “Born To Kill”. This is unacceptable for a teen but quite appropriate for a Marine or a soldier.
America can’t have it both ways. Either we are going to have to tone down the rhetoric of violence or continue to spiral down this slippery pit into Hell.
So what about you? Do you have the courage to embrace the alien? To show love to the unlovable? Because that is the only way we are going to overcome the evil in this world.
There is a time bomb ticking in the United States. Are we to embrace violence and hatred or Love? But if we chose Love, we are going to have to shed this materialistic greed, because as long as the world exists of rich and poor there will always be conflict.
Please check out “Letting it Out” a book of ideas written with a poetic flair. https://www.amazon.com/Letting-Out-Poetry-Poetic-Observations/dp/1986980308/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8