What does it mean to have a faith viewpoint? Who do we support on the many national and global issues? Does our support for this or that cause, heal or widen divisions?

Do today’s popular spin labels of diversity and inclusiveness only include those who agree with us and exclude everyone who doesn’t? Are we building bridges or walls?

Voltaire said, “Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times.” It is often easier to vilify the approved enemies than to stand against the real enemy of all. An enemy that plays all sides at once.

Paul put it like this: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world...” In today’s world the real enemy is not the Russians, the Israelis or the Palestinians: the real enemy is war itself!

Historic wrong priorities have induced generational wars. This will continue and nothing will change anywhere on this planet until people choose to live by different priorities; until they have the courage to put the guns down: to choose forgiveness over vengeance, love over hate and peace over war.

Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man - but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances,  to choose one’s own way”. God calls us to choose Life.

Written by John Pickering,  www.onelight2beyond.com


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