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National Forgiveness

 

2016-08-06_splash-3-1190007This may seem to be a crazy concept; however, God dropped it into my spirit a few weeks ago. It is staying in the forefront of my mind quite possibly because we are in this political season. As I pondered the concept, I imagined it to be a fully developed doctrine plucked out of the rubble of our current civilization by some futuristic civilization. What my mind can’t imagine is this concept ever being acted on by the human subcultures that exist in the world today.

The act of forgiveness would necessitate a clear violation of sovereignty. Rarely do we think of ourselves as sovereign or relate to other individuals as sovereign beings. The term is relegated to members of royal families and the stuff they own as part of their kingdom. Yet that is exactly what we all are, members of God’s royal family.

Notwithstanding, we live in a reality, that is defined by our awareness of secularized social authority. These various forms include authority of family, of persons over 18 year of age, religious organizations, state and local governments, and their delegated officers. When these various entities exercise their form of authority quite often they come into conflict, and we appeal to a higher authority such as the Federal Government and God.  Therefore, it is that within the reality of our social structure, violations happen and forgiveness is needed. Many judicial proceedings are held every day to keep in-check the lines of authority and to recognize the boundaries of individual rights or what could be described as personal sovereignty.

A violation of national sovereignty could rise to the level of an act of war or a simple snub in diplomatic relations between two nations. Depending on the severity of the violation, what is required is for the collective ego of the violated nation to absorbed the incursion to its sovereignty and be willing to forgive.

What this is not, is an overlooking of an accident between allies, or an act of insurgency by one of it colonized states. What I am talking about is an unprovoked unilateral attacked on the national sovereignty by a nation with lesser or equal strategic power. What makes the situations more difficult is when the offense is witnessed by other sovereign nations. This is where a national ego arises and asserts it standing among its fellow members of nation states.

The reason I cannot imagine the concept of National Forgiveness being executed at this moment in human history is because the individual collective egos (you and me) within a nation-state are very fragile. We live in a world where the love of God for us is constantly in question by every human child. In other words, every child still requires a constant demonstration by God that they are loved. In the face of a foreign sovereign nation’s violation, the collective of individuals turn to God for justification and an overt act to save face and comfort their fragile ego. God on the other hand is looking for mature individuals, people who recognize His presence within, having the strength of spirit to absorb offense and a heart willing to forgive.

The roots of the Judaeo-Christian religion has created a system of beliefs, popular today in humanity, that God chooses to love one child more than others for the benefit of all His human children. Therefore, everyone wants blessing so they can be the path through which humanity is saved.  Everyone desires to be so enriched that others around them can’t help but notice the hand of God in their lives.  If that is not reality, wars are fought to change the status quo. It is within this traditional framework that makes forgiveness between individuals very difficult and the concept of National Forgiveness a pie in the sky fairy-tale. Can this be changed? Does hope exist?

When we examine the roots of traditional scriptural interpretation and the resulting human beliefs today, we can see some areas available for re-evaluation. Again, in the Judaeo-Christian religion three early historical stories (Cain/Able, Jacob/Esau, Ishmael/Isaac) are caught up in this dynamic of who will get God’s blessing. Even the most popular parable of Jesus, the story of the lost or prodigal son has its traditional interpretation trapped in this paradigm of blessing one and not the other.

Luke 11:13 (NKJV)  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

The belief that a parent chooses to love one child over another child may be an experiential reality, from the point of view of human interaction, however it is a misinterpretation of scripture and of God’s nature to think that God would bless one child over another. This definition of dysfunctional love, even though traditional, is a gross injustice and has been used to justify one group of humans mistreating another group.

Humanity is evolving by dropping outdated traditions and beliefs that tend to keep the status quo and serve only portions of humanity. Jesus died for all and scriptural interpretation is growing in the light of what “all” means today. Concepts like National Forgiveness are on the horizon for the nation states within humanity. More and more human children are learning to recognize God’s presence within “all” and His love for “all”. Therefore, as His children mature, humanity’s evolution continues to advance.

The infinite-ness of God is clearly seen in scripture. However, the human inability to contemplate the infinite-ness of God or the infinite-ness within our personal being has causes us to hoard wealth and display it like a badge of honor creating a false reality of God’s blessings. Individual human identity has shifted its roots from the relationship with God, to its relationship with wealth, traditionally interpreted as God’s blessing. Our ability to discern God’s presence is therefore limited to the wealth we perceive.

God loves us all and God is within us all, individually and collectively.  The awareness of that truth makes individual forgiveness and national forgiveness possible.

Luke 15:28-32 (NKJV) “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

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Love’s Revolution

2016-06-26_water-ripples-bubbles-5-1393323-1599x1034It is June 2016 and the tension leading up to American elections in November is growing. In the shadow of the European Union is dealing with the Brexit, one could say that there is revolution is in the air. I was too young to experience the tensions in 1964. I have only read about the tensions leading up and through the American civil war. Yet, what I do know is that this experiment in democracy called America is being tested once again.

Matthew 12:24-26 (NKJV) Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” 25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?

The big challenge in America is simply one of perception.  If we all agree that experience is real, then perception is the lens through which we interpret the cause and effects of our experience.  We may all be a witness to events globally and nationally but our perceptions of those events can be different for each. In 1776, there were 2.5 million perceptions in America and today it is estimated that we have just over 324 million perceptions. The big question we all need to ask is, what is fueling all these points of views? Is it fear or is it love.

“We the people”, is a point of view that I seldom hear invoked in my network of global consciousness. Even the “pursuit of happiness” has lost the sub-context of a collective endeavor. In my opinion, the deceitfulness of riches has become the opiate of the masses and the mantra of our capitalistic society. The prevailing perspective has de-evolve toward dog eat dog race for riches and or personal financial security.

The fear of losing this race has so gripped the American mindset that very few believe the structures of our society support their personal success. Therefore everyone is in a cover your own rear-end mode of living. In fact many perceive that supporting the American infrastructure is like adding more competitors to a race in which we all perceive ourselves to be further behind than the previous generation. What passes as politeness today is the idea that I am going to get mine and when it is all said and done me and mine will be safe and secure. With that mindset, many will buy and store extra ammo to ensure the security of material gains in order to hang on until the end.

However, there comes moments in every human culture that experiences revolution where societies decide that we are better together than we are apart. Those moments usually happen twice. Once before the revolution begins and once following the effects and momentum to change that all revolutions bring. However there is no guarantee that at either moment the correct choice will be selected.

Love has been waging a revolution with in the single culture of humanity since Adam and Eve left the garden. In the end, the Love of God for the children of God will win the day. We who are alive in 2016 are experiencing such a moment. We all will have to decide if winning the materialistic race is more important than “We the people”. We each have to decide if love will inform our perception more than the fear circulating in our atmosphere.

The revolution waged by love for humanity is as old as the relationship between God and his first children Adam and Eve. Love is asking each of us. Who told you were naked or separated from Him? Out of compassion, God will not let his children enter into eternity with a mindset that they are not loved by him. “Oh how He loves us” is a set of lyrics sung in the religious tradition that has been reduced to a song that people sing but when they step into the parking lot the materialistic fear in the global consciousness of this world tries to reassert its authority.

Love is a faithful revolutionary force that causes the human ego to die and the infinite nature of our being to flourish. We are created in the infinite nature of God but we mostly live with a finite perception, going about our ways as creatures doing. If however, as we open to the radiance of love, the true nature of that which we call “I” strengthens its awareness to the presence of God that dwell inside all his human children.

If we choose light over darkness, we live as beings with perceptions of love. Children are able to love like their Father. Our Father in heaven is waging Love’s Revolution for every heart on this planet. At this moment in human history we all have the opportunity to take advantage of the moment before us and sense love in order to choose love. In the end God’s love will win.

Psalm 82:5-8 (NKJV)

They do not know, nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are unstable.

I said, “You are gods,
And all of you are children of the Most High.
But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth;
For You shall inherit all nations.

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Nature of Human Love

2016-05_rippling-waters-1370993To understand human love we must understand humans. The religious among us would argue that unless you know God you do not understand love, because love comes from God. The religious also believe Atheist are incapable of loving and acting morally but only understand the basic human need to preserve the human species. Again, many of religious people hold beliefs that God is the source of true morality and humans in their fallen condition are in capable of love and only act to escape feelings of loneliness.

To date our many human sub cultures have proven that love is easily extended people within their cultures and is withheld from people foreign to their culture.  These cultures have demonstrated that fear of outsiders is common among all cultures. Cultures with homogeneous communities display natural tendencies toward internal cooperation. Only during times when cultures share a mutual threat does cross cultural cooperation take place.

For this discussion, let us define love as the removal of separation between humans. We must also recognize that cultural identity is one of the main forces that justify the need for separation. With our world population nearing 7.5 billion people, human subcultural definitions are constantly shifting. Communications technology and transportation are just two major factors that redefine culture in today’s human experience. Probably the biggest threat to any culture is the loose of its identity.

The main reason love is more easily given to those internal to the culture has more to do with the preservation of that culture. In order to maintain a strong cultural identity there must be a balance between internal and external influences. That is why political-correctness and immigration are such flash point issues in modern culture. All healthy cultures will have forces that want to maintain the status quo and resists internal redefinition’s and the external influences from other cultures.

It has always been the tactic within human subcultures to use fear of death or the loss of identity to motivate the members within to resist change. And if you hold to the notion that true love comes from without you can see the apparent conflict between the forces of love and fear. However, there is always forces of those from within that choose to love the “others” on the outside. Sometimes they are known as sympathizers and sometimes they are called traitors.

Revelation 5:9-10 (NLT)  And they all sang a new song to the Lamb: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were killed, and with the blood of your death you bought people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation. 10 You made them to be a kingdom of priests for our God, and they will rule on the earth.”

Originally, human culture extended from family relationship and birth was the entry point for most cultures.  On that rare occasion when people married outside of their culture was there a provision made to change cultures. Ultimately, when human evolution has completed its path, there will be one culture with equity and love for each individual.

After Adam and Eve, human history records the results of separated subcultural identity. Today each human individual see themselves as separate, almost a cultural island of their own making. If humanity has an evolution goal for unity between all, it is a concept far removed from the mindset most. Today however we do see the emergence of concepts such as the global citizen, but is this a true form of love?

There are two questions arising before us. The first asks, is human experience on the path to arriving at a single culture with equality for all as it relates to love? The second question ask will this love be a natural expression from within the individuals of humanity or will it be an external moral code that goes against our human nature but one that is adopted because it is the most efficient way to live and survive? Is love a product of nature or nurture?

If enough members of the human culture begin to live in the identity that they we are children of God and that they have inherited God’s loved as individuals and understand God loved all His children equally, then there will be hope for the human culture. If each human could know God’s love and entertain internally His presence of peace, then the external voices that declare fear, doubt, and lack would find limited space in the hearts of the daughters and sons of God.

Inherited by each human at a level beyond our basic understanding of DNA is the capability to exist as loving entities. Today, all the human subcultures nurture fear of other cultures and view them as a threat to their existence. As cultures grow large, they bring an appearance of stability but the cost is always at the expense of the “others”. As the “others” grow, they are forced to retaliate for their survival. If one culture is intolerant and unwilling to embrace external cultures and if the “other” culture is unwilling to compromise and merge itself into the other culture then survival dictates that only one culture can survive or the two cultures remain as enemies in a state of perpetual war.

Genesis 2:24 (NKJV) Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

As an example of what is possible, take two family photos at or before a wedding of the immediate and extended family the two individuals getting married. Then look at a photo of that family four generations later you would see because of love the two have removed separation and become one.

At the core of our being is the true nature of who we are. God’s sending of Jesus in flesh to earth awakens the reality of a truth that God’s DNA is infused into every human. Jesus is a human who many recognize that He is both a son of man and a son of God. He is considered the first-fruit because what is true for the nature of Jesus is also true for us. Jesus is an example of what is possible when we ignore fearful tendencies and focus on the love (God) that dwells within us. Below is a list of what Jesus says is at the core of our being.

Attitudes of being human (Matthew 5:3-10)

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit
  • Blessed are the meek
  • Blessed are they who mourn
  • Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice
  • Blessed are the merciful
  • Blessed are the clean of heart
  • Blessed are the peacemakers
  • Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake

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