Uploaded on Feb 12, 2010
The most radical and forward thinking of Americas Founding Fathers was Tom Paine. He published his pamphlet 'COMMON SENSE' on Valentines Day 1776 and said:
"Soon after I had published "Common Sense" in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion... The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."
America was founded by Dissidents, rebels and revolutionaries NOT neo-cons or conservatives-and that also goes for Christianity.
Christians are suppose to understand that GOD IS LOVE, and in First Corinthians 13 we learn that:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with THE TRUTH! It always protects, it always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails."
As Dorothy Day said "Love is not the starving of whole populations. Love is not the bombardment of open cities. Love is not killing. Our manifesto is the Sermon on the Mount, which means that we will try to be peacemakers."
About 2,000 years ago, when Jesus was about 33, he hiked up a hill and sat down under an olive tree and began to teach the people;
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven."
In other words: it is those who know their own spiritual poverty, their own limitations and sins honestly and trust God loves them in spite of themselves who already live in the Kingdom of God.
And there is only one sin-SELFISHNESS-putting ones self-first.
How comforted we will all be, when we see, we haven't got a clue, as to the depth and breadth of pure love and mercy of The Divine Mystery of The Universe.
God's name in ancient Aramaic is Abba, which means Daddy, as much as Mommy and He/She: The Lord has said, "My ways are not your ways. My thoughts are not yours." -Isaiah 55:8
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
The essence of meek is to be patient with ignorance, slow to anger and never hold a grudge. In other words: how comforted you will be when you also know humility; when you know yourself, the good and the bad, for both cut through every human heart.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be filled."
In other words: how comforted you will be when your greatest desire is to do what "God requires, and he has already told you what that is; BE JUST, BE MERCIFUL and walk humbly with your Lord."-Micah 6:8
"Blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy."
In other words: how comforted you will all be when you choose to return only kindness to your 'enemy.'
"For with the measure you measure against another, it will be measured back to you" Christ warns his disciples as he explains the law of karma from Luke 6:27-38.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they see God."
In other words: how comforted you will be when you WAKE UP and see God is already within you, within every man, every woman and every child. The Supreme Being is everywhere, the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. Beyond The Universe -and yet so small; within the heart of every atom.
"Blessed are The Peacemakers: THEY are the daughters and sons of God."
And what a wonderful world it would be when we all seek peace by pursuing justice; for there can be none without the other.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires, theirs is The Kingdom of Heaven."
And one fine day the lion will lie down with The Lamb and man will make war no more and that is the Kingdom of God.
We Christians no longer need to talk about Jesus, but we are called to be Jesus, to let his LIGHT shine through us, so that people can FEEL him through us.
In a slight paraphrase of Thomas Merton:
The mission of the Christian at this time is to do the one task God has imposed upon us in this world today.
That mission is to work for the total abolition of war and nuclear weapons.
Unless war is abolished; the world will remain constantly in a state of madness.
The church [meaning all Christians] must lead The Way back to the Prince of Peace whose death on the cross was in vain unless we wake up and see that his message was NONVIOLENCE is the only answer to violence.
Peace is to be preached and nonviolence explained and practiced.
That is the mission to 21st Christians
Everything else is secondary, for the survival of the human race itself depends upon it.
"Make love not war-you know you've heard it before."-John Lennon
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POWER to the PEACEFUL and only in solidarity do we have it in our power to begin the world again.-Tom Paine
Happy Valentines Day 2010.
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