If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.Exodus 21:4-6
With all the turmoil in the world today, it is my faith in God that helps me endure all the hardships that come my way.
I look at the marching and rioting in our streets and I can only think of the Indians that are still on reservations. The Cherokee were placed on the reservation in 1830. They have been living on the reservation for 190 years. There have been protest over food and living conditions over the years, however they resolved the issues in a peaceful manner. These resolutions didn’t come at the expense of the law being downsized to allow more crime, these resolutions were sensible and rational. Reducing the police departments invites more crime, not more peace.
There are several people today that have issues with different things in their lives. If we use our Love for and from God, it will lead us on our journey to discover a peaceful resolution.
God’s love for us is more than just love. His love will give us peace in our heart and allow us to think of things that anger would keep hidden from us.
I look at the Cherokees and compare them to our demonstrators today. Over the years more and more of the rules and regulations that governed the Cherokees have been changed through peaceful negotiation with the government. They were able to do this because they worked hard and sought out the education required to know how to talk to the government.
God’s love gives us the intelligence to study the bible and know what the peaceful resolutions are.
Without God’s love we let anger and terror rule our lives. There is no forgiveness and where there is no forgiveness for our fellow man, there can be no love for one another, there can be no love for God, and without forgiveness the way to God is blocked.
God’s love comes from studying the bible and listening to one another’s troubles (James 5:16). The great Martin Luther King Jr. preached this message until he was finally listened to. In fact, his message was heard around the world.
There are still some people who are bitter and cause trouble, but for the most part we are still living the message given us. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t tell us to hold on to the bitterness and use it to take down the monuments of past leaders of the people, instead he taught that all people, no matter the race, must forgive each other and move on in life. He taught that no matter how many laws and regulations you change, if it does no involve forgiveness, God’s love in not any part of it.
Today all I see is bitterness. This is not coming from true Believers, but from the lawless and misguided souls that are still looking for something to hold on to.
We need to find another man like Martin Luther King Jr. This man or woman can be black, white, red, or purple and it would be the same. People listen to those who can prove from their actions that they know God’s love and wish the same love on all men and women in this world.
Greed, racism, women’s lib, hatred, domination, and many other things are trying to take over the world. These things can only survive in those who don’t know God’s love. Peace, prosperity, equality, togetherness, love for one another, and Christianity are all the product of God’s love.
If we can get the church building open again, we can all worship together and all can be at peace with one another.
Just remember, the bible leads to God, God give us love, love leads to kindness, kindness makes us love one another, and loving one another leads back to God.
Christianity is not a religion; it is a way if life. In life there are bumps along the way and we must steer clear of these bumps because the bumps lead to sin. The only way to steer clear of these bumps is to keep our eyes of God, not the world.