Making a Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear – 2017-01-10 Faith Article

By Chuck Robison

This week we will inaugurate the 45th President of the United States. According to Pew Research more than 60 percent of all white Christians are registered as and vote for Republicans. If this metric describes you, this may be a time of buyer’s remorse. We have all been so busy with so much work and activity that we did not have time to pay much critical attention to the news before the election. Now that Christmas is over and the pace has slowed down a little, we can reflect on what the election has created.

For our next President, we Christians wanted someone different than a young 50% white Hawaiian with a two-degree Ivy League education who wanted to include all Americans in the actions of government. We voted for a 100% white male from Queens, New York to lead us for the next four years. He’s rich, Republican, old, fat and unafraid to state whatever comes into his mind. And he has virtually no experience in leading a government of any size. But his governmental experience in dealing, under the table, with governments all over the globe better qualifies him than any customary experience. He knows how to cheat, hide, steal, manipulate and lie better than any other President we have ever had. This new President can be a player at the poker table of world government and attempt to win with the best of them.

But our buyer’s remorse gives us pause to consider that a government of white male billionaires working for us may not act in our best interests. And the fact that the very first act of the new Congress was to secretly vote out the Ethics organization purposed to keep them honest is sobering.

We are now on a course which will force all of us to get involved in creating a new form of government radically different from the ineffectiveness of the current government. Surely, the first thing will be closing the Electoral College which prevents us from having a one person, one vote democracy while assuring that the billionaires can get whomever they want into any position they wish.

Taking such a dramatic step toward a new government will re-activate all the power tools used in the election process to divide us. Not that we are all that hard to divide. Just dog whistle some of our more popular prejudices and we will turn against anyone.

The 1810’s expression “Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear” implies that if something is not very good to begin with, you cannot do much of value with it. But that is where we are and what we must deal with moving forward. We are going to take what we have and create something remarkable from it.

Above and superseding all the rules of the World’s religions, there are eternal universal spiritual laws. These laws have more power and are more dangerous in their severe punishments for transgressors than any material or religious laws. We do ourselves well to know and obey these laws.

Chief among these laws is the one that states: WE ARE ALL ONE. Separation, divisions and taking sides against a part of God’s creation is doomed to long term failure. All 8 billion of us are in this together and to promote separating ourselves from each other is to deny the truth and to incur the penalties for breaking this primary Universal law.

No better example exists than the American Civil War. Brother against brother brought almost a million deaths and in the end, we still had to learn to live with our brothers and sisters, and we are still learning.

We are all closely connected and our technology mirrors that truth to us every day. We can connect with any person in the world from the palm of our hand with little or no effort. Moreover, the connections we can make with our souls far exceed our technological achievements.

As you consider how to deal with the coming effects of our decision to elect this new President and his new billionaire-led government, start right now to resist anyone who attempts to manipulate you by dividing you from any others. We are all in this together and fortunately, as we begin to act that way, we will discover the truth that we have more in common with all 8 billion of us than we have separating any of us.

The power of the long arm of the Universal laws will guide us to real success.

The Sun of God, Hill Country News. 2016-11-30

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By Chuck Robison 

Ancient mythology used the Winged Sun as the symbol for the light shining in us which is God present in all our lives. Much of our mythology is based on the Sun’s movements from Solstice to Solstice and Equinox to Equinox.  The Sun is in fact The Light of The World. Jesus may have referred to himself as the Sun of God when he also called himself the Light of the World.

When I was a little boy thinking about Christmas, I thought about quiet candle-lit nights and people traveling in darkness to reach a small town before tax time.  Into this darkness came a bright shining light, first as a star and then as the bright eyes of a new-born child. Although I felt the conflict with light and darkness then, it was not until I became an adult that I understood more of the conflict.

T.S. Eliot said it so beautifully:

“We are light, we are attracted to light and yet we also want darkness.

In our rhythm of earthly life we tire of light. We are glad when the day ends, when the play ends; and ecstasy is too much pain. 

We are children quickly tired: children who are up in the night and fall asleep as the rocket is fired; and the day is long for work or play. 

We tire of distraction or concentration, we sleep and are glad to sleep, 

Controlled by the rhythm of blood and the day and the night and the seasons. 

And we must extinguish the candle, put out the light and relight it; Forever must quench, forever relight the flame. 

Therefore we thank Thee for our little light, that is dappled with shadow. 

We thank Thee who hast moved us to building, to finding, to forming at the ends of our fingers and beams of our eyes.”

When light arrives to dispel the darkness it can create fear.  The angels counseled those present, “Be Not Afraid”. We are experiencing that fear right now.  Those of us who have experienced a new awakening, a new view of the world, a new sense of oneness with all humankind and all of creation rejoice at what we see and experience.  It feels like God’s Light shining right out of our hearts.

But for others, a new light, a new way of seeing the world, a new paradigm can be frightening and we cast about for a way to defend ourselves against the fear caused by new ways that disturb our tribal values.

Jon Stewart recently said that the secret of America is that we are trying to bring members of tribes from all over the world to live in a new kind of global harmony.  It is a difficult situation and we see in our recent election that this fear has created even more fear and a leader who is a master at playing us with our fears.

When Jesus brought the Light into the world, the Bible records that the darkness was threatened.  As the old world dies it will always take steps to preserve itself and the old powers will rise-up to extinguish the light. Moses was pursued by the Pharaoh; Jesus was hunted down by Herod’s troopers.  And yet the world changed.

America is now at one of those light extinguishing moments.  We now have a choice.  We can follow leaders who seek to divide us and turn us against each other, or we can stand our ground and stay firmly in the light of God’s oneness.  The choice belongs to every one of us and it is ongoing.

But the sun will rise, light will shine down upon us and from within us and the new world will arrive.  And God, not hate-filled leaders, will prevail.

 

 

 

Creation Stories

Hill Country News Faith Roundtable Article 2016-05-25

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By Chuck Robison

All of us wrestle with the Big 5 Questions most of our lives. They are: 1. Who are we? 2. Where did we come from? 3. Why are we here? 4. Where are we going? and, 5. What time is it?

Every society, religion, and civilization has its own creation story, each designed to make sense as an answer to question 2. There is no need to seek the literal truth of our own Judeo, Muslim, Christian creation story. It is all made up. There was never a Garden of Eden, we never fell from anywhere and the entire history of mankind, going back at least a million years, has been about evolving out of the primordial muck and into the less than perfect beings we are today.

However, the creation story that we Jews and we Christians and we Muslims share has very specific powerful value, especially in today’s world. We three are religious cousins and our fights and squabbles are put into perspective when we read the first sentence of our common creation story:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The message is very clear. We did not create this. We had nothing to do with this creation. Our Universe can be described as a Great Thought, which God had in a moment, and we are but the result. All artists can determine how their art is expressed, used and by whom. God created all of this, including each of us, and He can determine how He wants to use us.

Asking this Roundtable’s question tempts us to buy into the confounding resurgence of American Anti-Intellectualism. All of sudden, it is very common to hear Americans deny science, history, and even humanity’s great intellectual achievements to focus instead on “stories” that are supposed to make us feel better. We now casually deny science and common sense when we proudly proclaim “there is no environmental crisis. Even if there is, man did not cause it.” However, the very God, the higher Divine Mind behind all of this, will not allow us to get away with this “story” much longer.

We do well to study just the first sentence of our Creation Story until the day comes when we fully understand that we are the creatures and God is the creator. He made the rules and He decides the outcome. And this part is not a made up story, it is the law.

Where there is no Vision….

Hill Country News Faith Article 2016-05-13

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By Chuck Robison

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” This selection from Proverbs 29:18 is worth your consideration at this very strange time in our lives.

At best we are living in a world of competing nightmare visions. Each and every one of them is generated by fear. It is almost impossible to resist engaging in at least one of them some of the time. Sixty-four years ago, you would have had a very difficult time convincing most of the people who survived a global war, that there would ever be a religious war. Today we are marching toward that Global Religious War, without much critical thought. We have been led and taught to believe Muslims want to kill all non-believers; Jews want to destroy virtually all of their neighbors, who are also their genetic cousins, and Christians in America are praying for the World War so that Jesus will come back.

There is nothing happy or uplifting in these visions. Believe it or not, God did not hand down these visions from on high with a demand that we pray and work to fulfill them. But here we are. We cannot afford drinkable water in many of our ancient cities; we lust to carry guns in anyplace we wish, including our local churches; and just to make it interesting, we cannot feed a significant percentage of children in our country, nor can poor families afford a place to live.
And now, we have chosen to squander our national treasure by spending more than one trillion dollars to ‘upgrade’ our nuclear weapons. We are being led to believe that using our tax money to solve our own citizen’s problems is creating a give-away-society.

If there was ever a moment when our faiths were needed to shine a Holy Light on our lives, this is it.

Here is why. All of the Big Three World Religions and all of the others believe that treating each other as we ourselves would like to be treated is at the core of a spiritual life. That is buttressed by the global spiritual law that we cannot escape doing to ourselves as we do to others, because we are all ONE.

The people who we have let program us to create the weapons which will ultimately destroy our world want us to always believe we are not one and that it is always us against someone else, who we call the enemy.

War and our large military establishments exist solely to kill people and war resembles a huge fire as it spreads. We are free to change our minds about all of this. As the Dali Lama recently said, “If we are going to stop the murder of other human beings and war in general, we need to shake ourselves awake from the brain washing that we have created for ourselves over the past six decades.”

Imagine what would happen if every human being on this planet refused to participate in this vision of global war! Money would be freed up to help all 8 billion of us live lives of productivity and dignity. One trillion dollars would clothe, feed, heal, house and educate every person on Earth.

Today we are faced with choosing leaders who cannot imagine this outcome. So that leaves us to lead. We are the salt of the earth. It is up to us to move past those who lead us to war and bend our swords into plow shares and discover we were not made to kill each other, but to lift each other up from the fire of war into the fresh air of a spiritual transformation actually taking place right now on Earth.

We are the ones who must create and demonstrate a new vision for humanity, and to hell with those who want to keep burning people up like cheap firewood.

Without such a powerful Holy Vision, we really will perish.

Name a time you struggled with your faith and why. 

Hill Country News Faith Roundtable 2016-02-18

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By Chuck Robison

The concept of Faith Struggles is almost universal. From the plots of many of the Bible stories to the scripts of this season’s great movies, Faith is usually implied and often stated.

Based on what I have learned on this spiritual journey; faith is a minute-by-minute issue. For me, it frequently goes like this: I know what I want or need for myself or others and I ask God for it. I also tell God truthfully that I am willing to do as He directs me. And my prayer includes one caveat: “Please God, tell me what you want me to do in a way that I can not possibly misunderstand.”

And then I wait. I know that God works on His own time system and I am willing to wait, up until a certain point. Then I want answers. This is the moment of struggle for me. Faith says ‘God knows best’ and my desires will be addressed.’ But my time clock says this must happen now and I frequently act on my own advice rather than wait on God’s promised answers.

Usually nothing really bad happens and I go about my life, but I cannot be certain that the outcome would have been better if I had waited in faith for God’s direction.

For me the test and the message is that God is in control and it is a risk to play God with my own life or the lives of others. The other part of the risk is that God’s plan and His promises are far more powerful than I can imagine and by trying to play God, I automatically take myself out of the plans God has for me.

I am much happier when God prevails in my life.

To or For?

Hill Country News, 2016-02-10

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By Chuck Robison

One of the real privileges of being a Pastor is the opportunity that some people afford me to see into their hearts and souls.

This usually happens during times of crisis or pain. Quite often people present themselves to me as the poor victim of some serious wrong or terrible occurrence that has brought them only sorrow. It is my opportunity to help that person grow from the experience, and I grow too. Having given this service over a period of 49 years, I observe something important that happens in these times of true crisis.

Like most people, I think of myself as a human being with a body and a history of hard lessons. Many times it seemed like every time I turned around something else painful and destructive would happen to me. And I saw the same pattern in others.

So I asked why and here is the answer that currently works for me. The problem is in who we believe we are. As long as we continue to believe we are human beings living in a human body, often believing we are sinners first, and living almost on probation, praying that we make it under the wire into heaven, then life is full of traps and snares. Bad stuff happens to us a lot of the time. And there is very little we can do about it, one way or another.

So if that has been your experience recently, you may be saying to yourself. ‘Surely, there must be a better way!’ And there is!

The better way is to re-define how you describe yourself. There is a world of difference between being a human being and being an eternal soul. God didn’t make no junk and each of us is carefully crafted to be an eternal being and we need never worry about going to heaven…..we’re already there. God did not make us to throw us away, and he will forever work to help us grow and surpass all our prior mistakes.

As souls, we come to this life to learn eternal spiritual lessons that can only be experienced here on earth. Our purpose for living is to learn the lessons our souls need in order to progress in the upward spiral of God’s Universe.

Now if you can entertain this idea of who you really are and why you are here, you are ready to learn the big secret about your life. On the soul level things do not happen to us, they happen for us.

Look back on your life, at some of the toughest times, and you will see whatever was so painful, was also the moment when you grew and became wiser than you had ever been.

These things, and some have been terrible beyond belief, have been the very things that caused you to grow in the most powerful lessons of your life.

God is not cruel, but he does craft individual lessons for each of us that will help us grow to the next level.

So, of course, like everything else, it’s your choice, and no one can make it for you. But I can promise you one thing. When you give up being a victim to whom things keep happening and discover you are a soul who the whole universe is supporting in your growth, your life will change.

It’s called the Big Picture and as it comes into focus life begins to make more sense, and fear has less and less room to affect you.

Try it. What If It Really Works?

What do you think God thinks about the existence of so many Christian denominations?

Hill Country News Faith Roundtable 2015-12-30

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By Chuck Robison

Clearly, the question posed in this Roundtable was chosen as a means to encourage us to demonstrate that God has a sense of humor. So here goes.

During my tenure at the United Nations in New York from 1990 to 2000, I was given the remarkable opportunity to view and work with members of all the world’s religions. What a blessing! I was able to see and experience the things all the religions have in common, and also the things that create divisions in and between our religions.

This Roundtable question is not just about Christians, because it also reveals similar dynamics in all the religions. Our religions are made up of and have been modified by leaders and adherents from the beginning. It seems like division is more characteristic of our religions than is Unity.

These divisions are created as a result of two distinct processes at work in the religions of our day: The search for Purity and the obsessive Need to Control.

The search for purity is behind most of the theological arguments that result in yet another division. In my church, Presbyterian, and perhaps yours, the period from 1975 to 2015 has been characterized by forcing people to believe the company line about the place of Gays in the church. Until recently, that place has been at the back of the church….way back. Whole churches, even ones right here in Williamson County, have divided over allowing Gays in or forcing them out. Those seeking purity have wanted the Gays put back in the closet, as if there had not always been Gay leaders and participants in all the religions.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Control Freaks see their religion as a way to force people to believe and act according to approved trains of thought. Here again, every time there is a division, it is caused by someone’s sense that they are entitled to tell people how to act and what to believe.

There are people reading this article, right now, who were taught, fifty years ago, that we were then at a stage where there would be no more religious wars. SURPRISE, they were wrong.

Today, we are in the middle of a Global Religious War, and we are all skating close to the edge of a Lightning Nuclear War……after which, in just 24 hours, much of what we think of as our civilization will no longer exist. There will be no winner, only losers, and that includes, especially, those in religious leadership positions who are seeking to control the world. And, my friends, that includes Christian Religious Leaders.

Just to be sure you know who is pure and in control, our religious leaders carefully point out that God is coming to punish us and to take the good guys off planet while it happens. The result of all this is that in churches right here leaders are helping their followers pray for the coming destruction so that Jesus can come back.

The curious part is that The Christ never left. He has steadfastly stood by his promise to be with us until the end of the Age.

These warrior class Church leaders are out there belying what they teach by also teaching exclusivity, hatred, and some form of proof that God hates the same people they do and is going to judge the bad guys and the good guys.

Above all of this, God must be at least amused. There are now 8 Billion of us and God has repeatedly said that he sees no divisions among us. We are all spiritual beings experiencing a human life for the sole purpose of helping our souls grow to a higher level.

So, I would suggest before you start down the path of division, you might consider that we really are, all of us, in this together. Sooner or later, we will be called upon to experience, manifest and demonstrate that we are all one. And the likelihood that demonstration will be based on the quirks of all the religions is almost not thinkable.

The Dali Lama, put it best, when he said: “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; and the philosophy is kindness.” Jesus also said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The Real Light of the World

Christmas Article for Hill Country News 2015

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By Chuck Robison

Christmas: a wonderful story that has been told, retold and modified for 2000 years. So much so that it is now mostly a creative record of something that is valuable for its spiritual content, but not for its historical accuracy.

Notice something: the whole story happens in the dark, at night, on one of the longest darkest nights of every year. From the beginning, our ancestors marked the Winter Solstice as the time when the Sun was at its’ weakest and most distant. And throughout all history, the return of the Sun from the Winter Solstice has been a sign that new life is coming.

No one today doubts that the Sun is the light by which the world experiences itself. Until recently, Jesus’ claim that He was the Light of the World was basically a poetic title but that is over. Scientists have recently taken the first photographs of light as it happens and at its own speed on a quantum level. This remarkable scientific feat helps us begin to understand that light has energy, mass and speed………in short it is a powerful force.

I am a Red Letter Christian….my understanding of my faith is based on the available recorded words and teaching of The Christ, as found in the first four books of the New Testament. Those words describe the workings of secret spiritual laws and powers, of which light is one of the most important.

Over the past thirty years I have thought a lot about The Christ as light. Just as our Sun can cause all manner of things, God’s Son can bring a new understanding, a flash of brilliant light to the lives we live on the dark side. The world changes when one has seen the light…..and so does the viewer.

Over the next week ask yourself this question: Do you really feel comfortable living your life in fear? We are so accustomed to living in darkness and fear, that when we discover that the light dissolves all fear on a spiritual as well as on a physical level, we do not believe it. The Angels know what our lives are like and that is why whenever they first appear to anyone, they announce, “Fear Not”.

Right now, people all over the world are trying to create fear as a means to control us. We have now gone as far as believing that the fear we are constantly led into by people and forces who know that our fear is our most real, natural and destructive force are politicians, media people, military commanders, mad scientists and yes, even a lot of church folks as well.

But The Light of the World comes now and like a child, fearless and believing in his goodness and yours as well, says: FEAR NOT for I am with you in all places and at all times and my work is to light a clear path for you for every step of your life.

And Lo, this Christmas, we will have a full Moon to light the night sky to remind us that God’s love, even when reflected by other people, as the Moon reflects the Sun’s light, is reason enough to follow the path The Christ is creating for each of us. Peace is the one thing that all 8 billion of us want more than anything else. The Christ, the Light of the World, arrives in the dark to light our way to that peace. Give Him your fear and accept His Peace. Use the next 48 hours to experience pure and simple peace. What If It Really Works?

Faith Roundtable

Can religion and science co-exist, or are these standards of belief ultimately irreconcilable?

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By Chuck Robison

Organized Religion has every reason to fear and to resist modern science. Religion is focused on the past: the history of the Bible and the history of the church. Science is looking to a more informed future. Religion wants to demonize science and science successfully ignores religion.

The sad part is that science is now verifying the deepest spiritual truths, the place where it all comes together, with fact and theory. There is every reason for science and religion to move forward together, but fear, basically, keeps them apart.

Here are some examples:

Religion is historically against the concept of evolution because it connects us with other species from the past. But science takes that same information and sees that in humans, there is a target for our evolution. And that target is a new, evolved human named Homo Luminous, Man filled with Light. This is what religion says is our goal, the New Man, but we miss seeing the target of evolution because we fear where we may have come from. We simply refuse to see our connection to monkeys. But nowhere is it written that God is prohibited from using whatever process He wishes to reach his goals.

Science says we are all one, and shows, at the quantum level, the connections are remarkable and universal. Bell’s theorem shows that when two particles are joined in a field they will spin always in the same direction regardless of the space between them or attempts to reverse the spin of one. But somehow the religions see this as a threat, while at the same time declaring that in the field of The Christ, we are all one.

Advanced scientists today understand that new science is more like magic and miracles than it is like the old Newtonian Physics. Our religions have accepted the speed of light as a standard but when we introduce Super Luminal speed as being even faster than light, that seems like useless magic. But this newly understood speed makes it possible for truly instantaneous communications with all other beings anywhere in our Universe.

It was Einstein who said that both Science and Religion are climbing the same mountain and will some day reach the pinnacle and will shake hands. That time has come. With it comes the realization that, as James R. Lowell’s words for the hymn, ‘Once to Every Man and Nation’, so clearly state: “Time makes ancient good uncouth.”

Like it or not, we are in a New Age, by whatever name, and new rules and new insights are being introduced and established and they unite Religion and Science in ways that make what seemed like ancient truth to be uncouth.

You could not wish for a more exciting time to be alive!

Saving Jesus From the Church 2015-04-15 Hill Country News

by Chuck Robison

Chuck Robison“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”
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Recent surveys report that currently 93% of all members of the United States Congress identify themselves as Christians. This Congress and the aligned state governments of a majority of the states are now under the leadership of devout Christian politicians.

Nowhere is this more true than here in Texas. And Texans can point with pride to our defending the faith and forcing the government of Texas, state and local, to abide by Christian principles and directives.

As usual, there is a very small minority of vocal dissenters from the will of Texas Christians. Fortunately our media and our religious spokespersons assure us that this small group of dissenters are subversives who want to turn the laws of Texas around and force us to do what we do not want done. The numbers indicate that many of these dissenters are Christian as well.

If you count yourself among the Christians working to reform our governments, here are several questions you might ask yourself.

Why do Texas Christians oppose State and Federal aid for poor people? We seem to think food stamp recipients are lazy and should not receive food stamps, unemployment or other forms of public assistance. Would the churches in Texas, who support ending government benefits, be willing to set up a statewide assistance fund, fully paid for by church members? Such a large fund would provide food; medical assistance and housing for families who simply are unable, for valid reasons, to find a job which would support their families?

Why do Christians want Texas to opt out of the Affordable Care Act, which would give the poor a fighting chance with their health care needs? The most visible Texas Christian favoring the Affordable Care Act is Senator Ted Cruz, who shut the national government down to express Texans’ distrust of our national government and of the poor. Then, when his wife gave up her job as a senior partner at Goldman Sachs to support his campaign, he is reported to have chosen to turn to the Government he hates and hopes ultimately to run, to seek medical protection for his family through Obamacare.

Why do Texas Christians fear and reject accepting $700 million from our national government to improve our schools? Our educational success is rated, statewide, as being in the lowest 5% of the nations school systems. Is the Christian church ready to raise $700 million, itself, to give to the Texas educational systems, to replace the $700 million of our taxes that are due us and which we have refused to accept?

Why do Texas Christians not want women, under any circumstances, to even think they have a right over how they want their bodies treated? An abused woman, a victim of rape carrying her rapist’s child, does not have any Constitutionally guaranteed right to an abortion here in Texas, despite what the Federal courts have ruled. If she is rich and can travel, she is free to get an abortion anytime and anywhere she wishes. But God forbid a poor girl from El Paso, traveling alone the 600 miles, by bus, to the nearest currently allowed abortion clinic has any right to similar treatment. Are we Christians willing to set up statewide pre-natal care facilities and after-birth care for babies who are not wanted and cannot be supported?

Texans Christians claim to be against killing of any kind, unless that involves state sponsored punishment killing, like high tech crucifixions. Even though we have been commanded not to kill, we want unlimited access to weapons available at a moment’s notice. Assault rifles are not for hunting. Are we so full of fear that a bullet is a better protection than God’s promises?

Jesus was killed because he consistently challenged the arrogance and unenlightened thinking of the religious leaders of his time, who were completely aligned with and supportive of the ‘national’ Roman government, which frequently eliminated dissenters with capital punishment. But here Jesus stands, a mere 2000 years later, still challenging the government and religious authorities of our time.

Ask yourself this question: Do these and numerous other examples from our state and national experience demonstrate love and forgiveness? Remember, please, that we are a government of and for The People. What did Jesus say about We the People? He said, “Whatever you do to the least of these, my brothers, you do also unto me.” No exceptions.

Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Given our current situation, following Jesus’ commands is not the easy Christian life we thought Jesus called us to lead. Learning to forgive anyone, just like Jesus did, is not a simple or painless process. Loving and forgiving people our churches have judged as sinners, really bad sinners, is not easily accomplished. Fear seems easier to deal with than forgiveness and love.

But, we will all see, in time, that LOVE is the glue of the Universe, and we were born in love and love is our destiny.

So as you watch us Christians continue to set up our rules of exclusivity and certainty, just consider that more things of lasting value have been created by love than by fear.