Love and Spirit
When does God call on us? I hear a great deal of talk and see much effort in building what are called beloved communities. They are billeted to be for the benefit of all people in the name of Jesus Christ. I beg and pray for peace, but mankind will not allow it. God calls on us to build just communities, but we will not because we know better, or so we think and say. We know better; we are smarter than God.
We are strong; we are wealthy; nobody can tell us what to do. We have built communities of love according to our wishes and our needs. We know what is needed. Jobs for the poor, so that we can get rich. Bigger prisons for those who disagree. With money, we have power, we write the laws.
But they are not God’s laws. Our cities lack sunlight; there isn’t even the glow of the moon to lighten our way. We are lacking the glory and light of God; the sacrificial lamb is no more. We forget that Jesus spent all of His time with the poor, the needy, the sick, and the dying. To really know Jesus is to know the poor, and the poor have no place in our cities. Let them be homeless. They are not strong like us.
We are dying as a culture; we love guns more than we love children. We do not love each other. But we must. What is man but the creation of God; we are all, male and female, His creation, His children. Rich or poor, God does not care; He did not make rich and poor; we did. We lack the faith in God’s leadership. We are so concerned with our own we no longer recognize that God is within all of us.
Think of this for a moment, or an hour: “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done (Matthew 21:21).” We have destroyed the fig tree and demolished the mountain.
To paraphrase Paul in his letter to the Galatians, “there is no long Christian, Jew, or Muslim, there is no Black or White, there is no longer male or female, there is no longer rich or poor; we are all children of God. We have created a world destined to die. But it need not be this way.
What is mankind, all mankind, but the children of God.
If we could truly experience what those who are outcasts have experienced, if we could truly experience what Jesus experienced in, we would change our direction and love each other, care for each other, and provide for each other. God did not separate us; we did! Hate is only in our world, not God’s, Not Jesus’s. when we truly love God, we open ourselves to Love and the beauty and strength of God’s creation. We are stronger with God; with Him we are weak. If we recognize that the Holy Spirit is with us, are strong. We are Love. We are strong. We are at peace.
©Russell Kendall Carter
Leave a Reply