Monday, September 19, 2016
Faith and Fear.
When living on the sailboat I was fearful of the weather and the shore. If given a choice I would choose open water over coming into harbor. The harbor was filled with obstacles and shallow water. Oh how I hated shallow water!
It seems to me that we are heading for shallow water. In our fear we allow knee jerk responses to replace prayerful and thoughtful responses. We condemn Colin Kaepernick because he, in peaceful protest, is taking a knee during the National Anthem.
Before Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee I didn't know who he was or what he did or believed in. Now he is front and center of a National debate. It is easy to vilify Colin and claim that he is not patriotic. Who is he, a millionaire football player, to shout discrimination? From what I have read Colin is not talking about himself in this peaceful protest. No, Colin is talking about groups of people that have been and are currently being discriminated against.
In my humble opinion we are being stirred up by hate and haters. Social media and the politically inclined among others stir the pot to divide us. They want us to dislike and distrust each other. If we live in a them and us world it is easier to to stand on opposite sides and toss garbage at each other. It is easier to be controlled. We find ourselves in group think.
Several times on Facebook I have seen a post that states we need Jesus now. I believe that what we really need is people willing to live and act like Jesus. We can't just go to Mass on Sunday and think that we have our ticket punched. No we must go out and be Jesus to everyone that we meet. We must be merciful and forgiving. I know those words are easy to write and easy to read. It is much more difficult to live them. I believe that we must try!
I do not know what Jesus would do. However, based on His past behaviors I do not think that he would be condemning Colin. Jesus wasn't much for condemning. He asked questions and made thought provoking statements.
let the condemning stone fall from my hand.
Let me be a mirror of Your mercy and forgiveness.
Help me to choose Faith over Fear
Help me to show Mercy to others as You have shown me Mercy.
Curb my tongue...