Monday, December 5, 2016
No pass for the deceiver
THE KINGDOM OF GOD is founded upon equity and justice, and also upon mercy, compassion, and kindness to every living soul. Strive ye then with all your heart to treat compassionately all humankind -- EXCEPT FOR THOSE who have some selfish, private motive, or some disease of the soul. Kindness cannot be shown the tyrant, the deceiver, or the thief, because, far from awakening them to the error of their ways, it maketh them to continue in their perversity as before… ~ Abdu'l-Baha'
An interesting perspective from the Baha’i faith
It expresses the dilemma many of us find ourselves in
Wanting to be merciful, compassionate, and kind
And yet being horrified by what we see unfolding
And wanting to confront, to resist
Racism, hatred, and greed
If we resist we feel conflicted
And are often shamed by others
Who tell us we are being childish and unfair
If we are silent?
Can I be silent about the idea of a Muslim registry?
Can I be silent as people who are racist and sexist are appointed to positions of power
Can I be silent as the GOP plans to destroy the safety net, which has helped so many, saved so many lives?
Silence does not appear to be an option
Ah, what do we do with the sickness of the soul we face?
How do we respond to what is evil
The way Jesus would have?
I am not sure I have any idea
I will try to be kind, and merciful, and compassionate
I know that much
As to how to confront and resist within that frame work?
I guess I will seek to make one right choice at a time
And try to follow the breadcrumbs of God
If I am too kind, forgive me
If I am not kind, forgive me
This will be a difficult path
A difficult one indeed