The Family of God
I rejoice that so many of you understand the truth that we are all part of God and God is part of each of us. Knowing that you have the Spirit of the Lord within you gives you the strength to face life's challenges with the certainty that you have the strength within you to overcome them. It also gives you the assurance that you are one of God's beloved children who is worthy of His love.
We have seen in recent days the result of political fanatics masquerading as clerics who preach that only some of God's children are beloved by Him. They preach that it is the duty of those chosen few to eliminate the "unchosen" and bring the world to its knees with violence and hatred. This makes no sense to me. What father worthy of the name encourages his children to kill each other? What God worthy of the name depends on puny humans to fight His battles for Him?
This is why I rejoice that the people who put this country together were quick to assure that no religious organization could seize political or military control. Certainly we have seen efforts by some organizations to do exactly that. It is only because others were willing to stand up for their right to observe their understanding of God that these efforts have been thwarted.
The UM and this forum must continue to insist that the United States continue to resist efforts by those who would bend our political and military organizations to their will. We have seen this recently by the people who produced a video designed to inflame Muslim passions. Unfortunately, the Muslim politicians took the bait and incited their followers to do exactly what the producers of that video wanted. We now see pictures of Muslims acting violently against a government they have been led to believe is responsible for this insult. I can just hear all those who were predisposed to hate Muslims saying, "See? I told you so."
Hopefully, we will soon wise up to this trick and stop letting the tail wag the dog.