“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:5-7; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 5: (NKJV).
Well, the USA is now within a few months of having our new president. This election is quite chaotic, to say the least. Each individual voter has his (and her) own opinion, about who the new president should be; but emotions seem higher than in most election years. That’s because our world has become less peaceful, less safe, less harmonious on many fronts during the last few years. Things are not what we deem to be ‘normal’.
This year’s unhappiness causes us to turn to others and put the blame on ‘them’, whoever ‘them’ may be. But, of course, the them is all of us. We all experience the collective dissatisfactions, fears, and warring behavior of everyone. And we each outwardly-express our own fears and bad behaviors, attitudes, and unloving ways, which then go out against others. Someone once described it quite well: “We’ve met the enemy, and it is us.”
In the human experience of this world, we’re all in the same ‘soup’, so to speak. If a portion of the world population is under siege, sooner or later, the rest of the world will feel its pain. We can try to keep our own, tiny parts of the globe safe; but within a short time, the rest of the world will spread out upon us and around us. With all the people now populating the Earth, each day makes our planet seem smaller and smaller. (That’s why the USA space program was so important once upon a time. It was addressing the possible need for colonization, out there, beyond the earth, so that humanity could spread out. People are thinking, again, of building colonies beyond earth, so probably space exploration will become active again, soon, if it hasn’t already begun.)
In the meantime, we have to do something to harmonize living on our shared planet. For now, this is still the home of everyone here. So, every single person on Earth must learn to accept the universal fact that each person, ever born, (or meant to be born) has a right to be here.
Also, we must learn that we can have whatever rightful beliefs of harmony that we cherish, as long as they don’t destroy anyone else’s beliefs concerning their rightful harmony. This means that everyone has a right to believe in a church, or political party (or none of them) that seems right to them. We are each and every one of us born into the freedom-to-be, as long as we also respect everyone’s freedom-to-be.
Now, this year’s political parties (mainly both democrats and republicans) have behaved like sworn-enemies to whomever doesn’t accept their choice of party. Yet, everyone in the USA has the same freedom to choose whatever party they like. Treating the other party as something evil is absolutely ludicrous. Everyone has a righteous freedom to choose whatever party they agree with. No one is wrong to choose the political party they favor. No political party is more good, or evil, than the other.
One of my best friends completely disagrees with my choice. I completely disagree with her choice. Yet, we never argue about it. Why? Because it’s not necessary to argue and try to make someone believe that they are wrong, for some reason. Every person who votes has the right to choose the party in whose platform they agree. That’s it. So, if my friend and I cancel each other out in the voting process, who cares? Our friendship is worth much more than our various opinions of things. That’s why our friendship has lasted more than 30 years!
Now, I realize that people get caught up in the desire to have their candidates win. But notice how chaotic and dysfunctional both camps came through the whole election season! The stress, bad feelings, false accusations, hateful stories told on both sides causing lack of peace, lack of brotherly-love and lack of harmony may destroy friendships that never come back. (And I’m not even mentioning the lack of millions and millions of dollars spent throwing money away on false accusations trying to ruin each other’s reputations.)
Well, during these destructive political times, I’m just grateful to know that, whatever both political parties do or think, there’s only One, divine Authority of God, who will clean up the human mess left behind. And no one can predict which way a decision is finally to arrive; for the divine Mind doesn’t judge anyone, or anything, based upon human behavior.
The God that made a shepherd boy a king, (David) also transformed a killer of Christians into a saint (Saul to Paul). Why? Because the divine Love of God doesn’t judge the human things we do, but sees beyond our blindness and misbehaviors, while in this temporary, material experience. Each of us is really a spiritual child of God, sleeping in the dream of materiality. We can be transformed, when our own time comes to spiritually awaken. Here is a biblical reference of Saul’s spiritual transformation into St. Paul:
“At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” ( Acts 8: 1-3; New King James Bible Version (NKJV) and also appears in King James Bible (KJV). [The rest of St. Paul’s transformation story appears in Acts 9: 1-31.]
The point to be made is that God does not expect sleeping humanity to really know right from wrong, until spiritual awakening takes us over. When spiritual transformation occurs, (as with Saul awakening into his spiritual nature) one’s nature begins to shed all the faults of humanity, and one’s true, spiritual name takes one over. When such a transformation takes place, one never returns to the destructive, human nature of humanity, any more than a grown adult can return to one’s human childhood.
It’s my belief (or perception) that Christ Jesus came into the finite, material sense of life, entering the sleeping dream of humanity, to awaken us from within that collective dream. He then left his presence in the collective dream as he allowed humanity to destroy his material body, in order to show us that death is an illusion; for, no one and nothing can destroy who, or what, God has created. In other words, it was his mission to suffer physical death to show us that our spiritual body, soul, and mind, never dies, for that which is spiritual can never die. Neither can it be trapped in a finite, material form.
Spiritual awakening must come to every one, sooner or later, in this, or another human life experience. I believe that some individuals may have several life experiences before awakening to their spiritual reality. When we fully awaken from this material dream of life, we’ll remember who we really are: God’s own, spiritual children, eternally alive and well, never lacking any good thing in God’s forever, divine creation.