It seems our whole world is on fire as we speak. The flames are growing hotter and more wide spread every minute! As someone who LOVES words, it mystifies me that I am not able to find the words to describe my feelings over what is happening. It has taken several days for me to think it through before bringing this post to light.
At some point in all our lives, each of us has had one of those deep, swollen, painful pimples or boils under our skin. We can feel it – it’s just kind of festering under the skin, not yet ready to come to the surface. As we wait for it to surface, it grows larger and more painful. And then, there it is! It has come to the surface and it explodes. It has to come to a head and explode before it can begin to heal. That is exactly how I feel about what is happening. As horrifying and terrible as so many recent events have been, they had to happen so that this whole ugly, festering, nastiness that has been brewing under the skin of society could finally come to light – hopefully for the last time. As a society, we have looked the other way for far too long. We have known forever that our police force harbors an ugly, infected, puss pocket of dirty cops. It is not a new thing! Hollywood brings them to our living room in all their movies about big cities, crime, the Mob, etc. They didn’t make it up – it really exists and we all knew it, we just chose to ignore it like we try to ignore that bump that forms under our skin. I truly believe that the vast majority of police officers are honest, hard working, public servants. I am not pointing fingers at cops in general. We must have law and order for society to function successfully. It’s just that now the fact that there are a few horribly rotten apples in the barrel is really coming out into the light for us all to look at. Before we can get rid of it, we have to be able to see it for exactly what it is. It’s only by bringing this dark energy into the light that it can be eliminated.
Not only is a small pocket of our law enforcement totally corrupt, so is a huge part of our Government. The fact that there are high level political leaders PAYING protesters to come to cities across this nation to destroy property and destroy people’s lives is as disgusting as the original event. To intentionally cause social unrest and to use a cold blooded MURDER for political gain makes me sick! Again, this has been going on for a very long, long time. It’s not new! There are FAR more dirty politicians than there are dirty cops. These politicians are being paid for votes by huge companies who stand to make huge profits off the decisions made by politicians – even if it hurts people! Money and Greed and the thirst for Power – that’s all it is! The time has come to expose the darkness and bring it into the light for all to see. Then it can be eliminated.
The same can be said for many other social injustices that are now coming to light for us to look at such as human trafficking. Sexual abuse of all kinds has been going on since the beginning of time. Selling people into sexual slavery is certainly not a new thing but over the past couple of years it has been coming to light. It’s ugly and nasty and Hellish, but it’s not new. Praise God it is coming to the light so that we can see how disgusting it is. Again it is the light that will force out the darkness.
All of these social diseases are caused by greed and the lust for power. As I said in a prior post, I dream of a society that thrives on cooperation instead of competition. This is my soapbox. All of us MUST work to raise ourselves above ANY type of discrimination and we MUST link hands with our neighbors to lift them up with us.
If you are reading this thinking to yourself that you have already risen above discrimination, I challenge your belief. ALL of us have had or still have feelings about other people that equal discrimination. You think it’s only about race or sexual orientation? NO! It goes so far beyond that! I am just as guilty as any other human on the planet. To say I have never thought negative thoughts about someone because of whatever it might be, I would be lying. If we have ever looked at a person who is morbidly obese and thought a negative thought about them, we are guilty. If we have ever looked at someone as being below us because of what job they have, we are guilty. If we have ever looked at someone as being below us because they are handicapped, or less educated, or poor, we are guilty. If we really think about it, for a society to be sanitary and as rodent free as possible, trash collectors are more valuable than lawyers yet we look down on trash collectors. We have judged people based on their clothing choices, their music preferences, even the piercings and tattoos they have. Something that hits particularly close to home for my family is when hateful comments are made about adoptions and adopted children. Believe me, your heart breaks when your child looks you in the eye and asks, “Mom, what is wrong with being adopted? I thought it was pretty cool and that I was hand picked. Why do people make fun of it?” or when you hear people say, “we don’t want to adopt, we want to have our OWN child.” How hateful and selfish can people be?
As long as a person is not harming another person, animal or the earth, it is not our place to judge! Jesus tells us very plainly that it is our job to love one another. That’s it! That is our job – to love one another! He also very plainly tells us that it is not for us to point out the fleck of dust in another person’s eye when we have a plank in our own eye. “Let him who is faultless cast the first stone.”
This is humankind’s greatest challenge. If we are ever to progress to higher levels of humanity, we must rise above competition, greed, power hunger and judgment. We are all connected to one another and to God. What happens to one of us spreads to all of us. Just as the ripples in a pond spread out in all directions to touch the shore when a stone is tossed, so our actions ripple through the universe to touch everyone and everything in some way. We must strive to toss stones of love and acceptance if this is what we want to spread to all.
We, as a collective are dragging so many evil, dark things into the light so that they can be seen for exactly what they are – horrid, festering, wounds. Now comes the hard part. We have to clean the wounds. We have to wash out the infection and pour in the burning, germ killing alcohol. We have to care for the wounds so that they never come back again and we have to pray that it heals without leaving too much of a scar. But how? . . . . . . .