One of the quotes I have found of late that rings with a kind of awesome truth is…
“To say you are doing God’s Will is a form of Megalomania.”
And that is true…it is sad to say that the endless amount of megalomaniacs and narcissists running around forming destructive cults and sects whose beliefs are founded in hate and/or the cult of personality get far more press then people who, while they may create their own understanding of faiths (benign cults and sects), and can skew world politics in a heartbeat.
Good ol’Rev. Terry of the Dove World Outreach Center, in the name of love, is encouraging people to burn copies of the Koran on September 11. Revvie Terry also sells T-shirts that proclaim “Islam is of the Devil,” a book he wrote of the same name, and vintage furniture on craigslist and ebay.
His “ten reasons to burn a Koran” make for interesting reading.
A Florida newspaper recently (like today) published an article on how Revvie Terry uses his church status and rabble rousing to increase furniture sales and fight imports of Chinese furniture.
I am sure he has 10 reasons about that.
I could give 10 reasons why his reasons are theologically unsound.
Could, but why bother?
I am really not interested in expending the energy, more than writing this blog, on someone like this who is co-opting a global day of mourning for their own personal gain.
I am more interested in what peace will look like.
What does it feel like?
I know it has room for differences of beliefs and opinions. Different languages, cultures and all.
I know it has room for anger.
It even has room for righteousness and the belief that “my way is the right way.”
A very famous man once cautioned that should you come to a place where they will not listen to you or adopt the way you believe, leave the place, shake the dust from your feet and keep going on – keep finding people with whom to build peace and stay not where death is the way of life.
September 11 is very charged this year for a lot of reasons. And one of the primary ones is that as a nation, as a world, we are tired of struggling economically. Once of the easiest ways to get a break from the ills of ones own life, is to find someone to hate, to put down, to blame, to focus all of your anger and fear on whether or not they deserve it.
Easy, but not healthy.
We would be better sharing our grief and defining what the world would look like where such things would never happen again.
Then shake the dust off our feet from the places filled with darkness that do not want peace and keep going on.
What makes the headlines is what is dramatic and frightening because it sells more product.
But is it news?
Is it worth investing energy in or fighting?
We have better things to do.
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