An angel walks in a room with a Christian who celebrates Christmas. A Jew who celebrates Hanukkah and a African American who celebrates Kwanza. The angel quickly looks around and says Happy Holidays to everyone. At that moment an individual in the corner sighs loudly. The angel turns to the man and asks is there a problem sir? To which the man responded well since you asked there is. I’m so tired of you liberals and your war on Christmas. What wrong with just saying Merry Christmas like we did in the good old days. The angel looked at the man and laughed and then politely said sir it would seem it is you and not me who is waging war on Christmas. Me? Responded the man shockingly. Yes you said the angel for on the day Jesus was born an angel like myself told all those in the manger I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. He did not identify only a selection of people to wish great joy he wished it to all. We are all God’s children and he wishes that as his children we love each other and respect each other faiths. If you choose to turn a cold shoulder to or belittle those who wish happiness to all then it is you who are soiling the true meaning of Christmas.
November 6, 2018 we must awaken with a single purpose:
To go to the polls and take government back from the charlatans who profess they have been elected to serve the people when the truth is they serve only themselves and the all mighty dollar.
To go to the polls and remove from the halls of government those who use hate and look to divide us so that they may expand their own power and increase their own wealth.
To go to the polls and restore what democracy truly is – The voice of the people.
On November 6, 2018 we must boogie to the new beat that is rising up in this country.
Racism based on the color of one skin fading away.
Discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation vanishing by the day
Disrespect of women no longer accepted as one of society’s dirty little norms
Bullying someone because they don’t fit neatly into a box that society claims is normal waning as we speak
Division being increasingly replaced by unity
Exclusion being increasingly replaced by inclusion
On November 6 we must rise as a people and boogie to the growing beat, that they are so desperate to shut down, and make America truly Great
One of the great aspects of American society is the right to free speech. No matter how hateful and divisive it is. No matter how vile you may take the message to be it is the right of every individual or group to freely voice their opinion.
This weekend exactly one year after Unite the Right, the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, many of the same white-nationalist, paramilitary, and other right-wing groups are planning once again to come together once again — this time, in Washington, D.C.
In many ways it is a good thing that these groups are permitted to use their first amendment right to hold these rallies as it sheds light on the vile, dangerous and disgusting message of division and hate they preach. A spotlight for the rest of America to witness and be repulsed by, hopefully forcing them to admit there is a cancer in America that needs to be removed. Discussions about about race and social inequalities can not be swept under the rug any longer but must be confronted head on if we are ever going to move forward as a nation.
These rallies also shines a light on the sins of those individuals who preach hate. The majority of them who call themselves Christians but deny the undeniable, we are all one created in the image of our Lord.
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27
They presuppose that they are greater than the Lord they claim to worship. That they have the right to determine which of the Lord’s children are worthy and which are not. A direct rejection of the Lord’s commandment to us. As is written in John 13:34:
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
The Lord created each of us in His image He loves each of us unconditionally He does not play favorites based on the color of our skin or our religious beliefs.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:26-29
Since the beginning it has been the Lord’s desire for us to live together in peace an unity.
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – Psalms 133:1
And He warned us to avoid those who would speak differently!
17. Now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. 18. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. – Romans 16:17-18
So this weekend let us stand at a distance watch and expose to the world those with malice in their hearts, sinners against the Lord.
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. – Ephesians 5:11
But as with all things with the Lord reject their beliefs but be prepared to forgive those among them who repent their sins and ask for help in finding their way back onto pthe path of spirituality.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. – Galatians 6:1
There is nothing more ugly than division and hate for each other with the exception of those who promote it for personal gain. One day they will have to stand before the creator and justify the unjustifiable.
There is nothing more beautiful than unity and compassion for each other. Blessings shall be showered unto those of us who who practice it. For we all God’s children regardless of what we may look like.
What does it mean to be American. It means you are part of a diverse community that includes individuals of different races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religious beliefs and a host of other differences. That we embrace those differences so together we become greater than the sum of all us. That we educate ourselves on each other’s differences so we may be better understand our fellow Americans. That we rebuke those who believe in dividing us by stoking the prejudices and fears that innately resides in each of us so they can enhance their own power and wealth. That we reject the notion that preaching uniformity will make America great again, as if the continued diversification of this great land made us not great. That we dismiss those who believe we should isolate ourselves from others instead of showing compassion for those who are suffering from other countries. That we do not simply quote the words All Men are Created Equal but that we actively live them. It is in the melding of each one of us into society as a whole and the embrace of that philosophy that makes us American.
I often find myself gazing up at the night sky awed by the magnitude of the universe. So many stars with numerous planets revolving around many of them. In such vastness is it possible that we are all alone. The odds alone would seem to say no, that somewhere out there are other intelligent life. But what if their isn’t what if Earth is special. Teeming with various species this wonderful blue ball we call home travels around the sun not to close and not to far just the right distance to sustain life as we know it. The moon is our constant companion as we journey through space unique in its size to that of Earth compared to other planet’s satellites. Acting as a defense to shield us from asteroids and comets that would have otherwise impacted Earth. As well as serving as a major player in the evolution of life on Earth. Could all these factors just have been luck. Is life on Earth something that defied the odds and is unlikely to have happened anywhere else or is it all part of a master design.
Since science has taught us about the creation of the universe and the evolution of life here on Earth it has been at odds with the concept of creationism. But what if there is some truth to both? What if there is a higher force that started it all? What if the existence of the universe in all its wonder is developing the way science teaches us but is doing so as part of a higher force’s grand design if that is so why are we unique, as far we know, in the vastness of space? That question itself begs the answer to a another question. What are we here for, what are we meant to do, meant to be?
Since the beginning of mankind we have found ways to hate, subjugate, and kill each other based on whatever excuse is convenient at the time. We have evolved to the point that not only are we a danger to each other but to our most important living force, Mother Earth. Clearly this could not be our purpose. We must have a greater significance or our very existence is pointless. After all when all the prejudices that fuel our hate are wiped away we are all the same. We may look different, speak different languages, live on one side of a imaginary lines we have divided this planet into or the other but we are all human reliant on this beautiful blue ball that we seem to take for granted as we continue to abuse her.
I choose to believe that if we embraced each other, showed compassion to each other and stopped our abuse of the planet we would be able to connect as a whole, each individual with each other and subsequently with the Earth itself. The sheer thought of what that connection would unleash within us, what we could accomplish as a species is beyond description and maybe just maybe that is what we are meant to accomplish. Maybe the higher force gave us the ability to make our own decisions to see if we would embrace the concept of unity. To see if we could work together to uplift each other, to build a better society one in which all individuals would live without the fear of hunger, homelessness, poverty, terrorism and war. If that truly is our ultimate purpose we are a long way from realizing it. But we have taken baby steps in the right direction as the fictional Captain Kirk once uttered – We are a promising species and maybe in a thousand years or so we’ll be able to prove it. After all our existence is unique now we must prove we are worthy of that.
Some of us are republicans some democrats and some independents. Some of us are people of color some of us are not. Some of us are heterosexual some homosexual some bisexual. Some of us Christian some Muslim some Jewish some atheists and a hosts of other beliefs. In the end we are all American and most importantly we are all humans.
In some of us thete is often a fear of the unknown, an irrational fear that leads to isolation. Isolation leads to a lack of knowledge and understanding about those that are different from us and if history has taught us anything it is that a lack of knowledge often leads to disastrous results. It also can lead to the continuous growth of the prejudices we all have with-in us. Those prejudices are stripped away as we begin to understand those who differ from us. However for those who remain isolated those prejudices remain and can be easily stoked by people in power who do so for the goal of advancing their wealth and power. These individuals thrive on chaos and division. They speak non truths and keep the people divided against each other rather than uniting for the betterment of mankind as a whole. They want us to be afraid of each other, they want us to hate each other, they want us to lose our compassion for each other, they want us to build walls to separate us. This strategy allows them to take advantage of us all. As Suzy Kassem wrote
When two brothers are busy fighting, an evil man can easily attack and rob their poor mother.
We must strive as Americans and humans to rise above the evil that seeks to divide us. We must stand together and keep moving forward as a society. We must marginalize those who refuse to embrace diversity. For in unifying one voice into many voices we will be able to change the despair of today into the promise of tomorrow and from that we all will be better.