It is sad but the truth is that here now today we do not respect one another as we should. The rancor of hate has no better example than what took place in New Zealand this week. In case you haven’t heard, over 49 lives were taken by a madman with a gun.
I know there is a God because I wouldn’t be sitting here if there wasn’t. It is a miracle I am alive after what I have been through. Physical and emotional pain seemingly have bled my soul to the point of despair and beyond at times. I am so blessed to be here and be amongst you all and it brings me great satisfaction for the diversity of all of you who read what I have to say.
I would like to take a moment, if I may, to speak of diversity and how important diversity certainly is especially during times of a divided world we live in today.
Christian diversity is necessary for the incarnation of God. Or rather, God becoming human and the union of divinity and humanity is Jesus Christ. Christ, of course, representing a new covenant where God made the ultimate sacrifice to humanity by basically saying, “I understand.”
This is my own understanding of the incarnation which in itself lies the miracle of perspective which is more than valuable in discussion of how we all are suppose to live. We, all as individuals, are unique and see the world in different ways. As long as we adhere to some simple truths our perspectives evoke a debate about our purpose, which is as different as every leaf found in a living tree.
God’s relationship with humanity has always been a difficult one for all people who don’t understand God.
Acts is a book in the New Testament of the Bible that is mainly intended to record a history of the Church following the resurrection of Christ. In it the Bible speaks of diversity in which is intended for, “…the remnants of mankind…”(Acts 15:17)
That they, “…should seek God, in hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him.” (Acts 17:27)
In Psalms 145:18 the Bible says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” In fact the entire book of Psalms is a message for all of God’s creation. It is a heavy burden on my heart the division going on all over the world. Yet the truth is that there is a God.
The truth is that tragedy befalls us here in this world which we ask ourselves, if there is a God, why does he let things happen the way they do. That answer I can not provide. All I know is I have a heart to love what I choose to love and true love and devotions are my own choice. Unfortunately there are those who choose to hate and are full of iniquity.
Being of one mind and sharing in the truth of love can be a universal tenant that we can all experience. As this day ends I wanted to share these words with you. Be different, be who you are and make no apologies for it. You are a thread in a tapestry of understanding that when fulfilled serves to unify us and stomp out hate.
A message of division comes from the very pinnacle of leadership here in 2019. I reach to you my friends. Those of you who believe in God and those who don’t. Those of you who worship in a Mosque or Temple or wherever, I hope we can bridge our divides in the understanding that love exists and we are here now to fulfill in the very least that purpose.