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The Color Of Racism Is Fear……

The color of racism is fear.   What better description could ever be offered as a definition for that word racism.  The embodiment of this word has caused more problems in this, our world than any other word ever has or ever will for that matter.  Racism is at the base of all divisiveness and hatred.  It was racism that gave rise to the Holocaust and it was racism that brought forth Apartheid in South Africa.  Racism was at the core in the Bosnian war where genocide was the ultimate goal.  The faces that racism chooses to wear are many, some of which are blatant and others which are not so easily seen with the latter being done by design.  This evil has been with us since time eternal. It can be called racism or it can be referred to as bigotry or prejudice as well.  Racism is the reason that there was ever such a thing as slavery.  The very idea of buying and selling human beings is abhorrent to me.  Each human being carries within it a soul, a radiant spark of the Divine.  No one has the right to buy or sell Divinity.  Is this not the truth?

And I will say that if I chose to do so, I could give to you immeasurable examples and instances of how as well as where and when racism has been permitted to control so much of our world.  I speak of ages past and of our world today.  And that, my friends is most unfortunate.  You see, in today’s world we are supposedly so much more enlightened and vastly more intelligent than those of bygone eras.  So why is it that racism is still so much a strong force that runs rampant across this Earth of ours?  Why do people hate or even dislike another person because of the color of their skin or because their belief system differs from our own?  People, human beings which are born of our Creator are still being terrorized, being victimized and ostracised and even killed simply because of their race, religion or gender preference?  “The evil that men do…”.  We have all heard these words before.  I will tell you that if we were able to trace back each evil deed ever committed, I would wager that it was somehow brought about by some form of racism.  So, I would repeat my query here……If we are so much more intelligent and enlightened, why in God’s name is there such an abundance of prejudice, racism or whatever else you wish to call it in our world??

Well, perhaps the first item I would call to your attention is that there is a huge difference between intellect and wisdom.  So many of folks today have MBA’s, PhD’s and a number of other college degrees behind their name and I applaud them for their tenaciousness in obtaining such an education.  I am not against education and schooling.  It is a part of a strong societal backbone, if you will.  But intellect is not wisdom and it is wisdom we lack, my friends.  Wisdom is knowledge tempered with discernment and cloaked in compassion.  We must allow wisdom back into our hearts and then into our minds.  Therein lies the difference and I believe I am just now able to see this truth.  Wisdom begins in the heart and wisdom once received then involves the mind.  Intellect has always been and always will be relegated to the mind.  So let us first gain wisdom.  This is to be our armour when in combat with the enemy called racism.  Agreed, yes?  We have an accord then.  Good.

Now to truly bring about change, to truly hit racism where it lives, we need to be able to do what?  In any battle (And make no mistake about this.  This is a battle) we must be able to recognize the enemy for we cannot possibly win the war if we are unable to discern who the enemy is.  Which brings me to our original point.  The color of racism is fear.  All racism, all prejudice and bigotry are deeply rooted in a particular soil called fear.  So perhaps we have been attacking this problem of racism the wrong way?  We, often with considerable effort, attempt to uproot the weeds of racism from the garden which is our world.  And many times we do meet with some measure of success.  But still we wonder and are puzzled why these same weeds return again and again to plague our world.  I believe the problem to be not so much the actual weeds of racism as it is the very soil, the soil of fear that feeds and allows those same weeds to return and they often return with more strength than those that came before them.  Does this make sense at all?  If so, then what is truly the answer to this question, this problem we have called racism? 

The answer, as most answers usually are, is simple but it is hard.  It is the soil, the soil of fear that must be addressed here.  This soil of fear is rancid.  It is poison, to be quite honest.  The soil of fear is soil that has not been tended to properly for a very long period of time.  In large part, the soil I speak of is representative of the Heart of our World.  In order to bring the soil back to its original goodness, we must once again give heed to what is allowed into this soil, yes?  And for any garden to grow abundantly and in goodness, the soil therein must be tilled, turned over and aerated so as to permit Life to enter in anew and afresh.  And how do we accomplish this task, you might ask?  We accomplish this through by using the wisdom we discussed a bit earlier.  The formula for racism is not difficult to understand if we think for a moment about it.  The formula is simply this  –  Ignorance of any given situation by any individual brings forth fear.  And fear gives birth to the problem at hand which in this case happens to be racism.  So, if we can bring wisdom and enlightenment into the places where ignorance resides, we can effectively cast out the fear which is indeed the basis of racism.  People are afraid of what they do not understand, whether it be consciously or subconsciously and what we fear we perceive as threatening in some fashion.   The answer then is to gain understanding and in doing so, we obtain wisdom.  And in obtaining wisdom, we learn what tolerance really is.  And my friends, if we can understand the true meaning of tolerance, it is then that this issue of racism will no longer be the issue that has plagued us for so long now.  It is then that we will have truly been brought forward into wisdom.  Wisdom is based in love and understanding, yes?  So, it is in true wisdom that we will know peace in this, our world.  If you would, please give this some thought for I believe it has much merit.

As always, I thank you for taking time from your day to read these thoughts that have been given me, thoughts that I truly enjoy sharing with you.  Be blessed abundantly in your day and please be sure to share the blessing with all those round about you.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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It Is Finished…….

It is finished.   Perhaps the most memorable words ever spoken.  It is finished.  The words that Jesus uttered when He completed what He had come to Earth to do.  He came to be the sacrifice for the sins of this world.  It is finished.  Have you ever wondered what Jesus might have been thinking just prior to saying those three powerful words?  Looking beyond for a moment the intense physical pain He would have been feeling, what was going through His mind?  He had fulfilled His destiny, accomplished His mission.  Was there a feeling of fulfillment in His heart?  Did Jesus have a sense of relief now that He had finished the job He had been sent here to do?  Remember now, Jesus was God in physical form and therefore was subject to all the emotions that we, you and I feel each and every day.  Perhaps He did have a thought along the lines of “I am so glad this is done now for I am so very tired now and in much pain”.  It is possible that this occurred and if it did, this would not mean that our Lord was weak or that His sacrifice would mean anything less.  If anything, it would make the sacrifice He made all the more real and important, yes?  He knew all of the physical pain, the mental and emotional anguish that He would be going through before He had to endure it.  Yet He did it anyway for this world of ours.  I am reminded of a line from a Star Trek movie oddly enough but one that is applicable to this subject this evening.  “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few….or the One”.  This is what Christ considered and knew.  This is why He came to us and why He sacrificed Himself painfully but willingly for our sins, because of the needs of the many.  And for this, I am more than grateful.

I wonder how many of us would have the strength of character to do something like this.  Would I be able to sacrifice myself for the needs of the many while knowing ahead of time the pain I would suffer and realizing well beforehand that this was my Destiny.  Is what I am thinking blasphemous?  Am I putting myself on equal footing with God when I say such things?  No, I am not.  However, I will say this.  Since Jesus was in human form just as you or I, He would’ve had the same thoughts with regards to the sacrifice He would be making in His future.  And additionally, He could have decided not to go through with it.  Just as you and I are given free will, Jesus was also given that same free will.  Yet He chose to remain and to walk willingly into the fire, into the presence of His tormentors and allow them to do their worst.  Was it His love for humankind only that made His decision to follow the path chosen for Him?  Indeed it was.  But personally I believe there was something a bit more as well.  It is finished.  Our Lord knew the importance of these three words.  And while I am sure He did feel relief in escaping the ruined physical body He had been given, I think there was a sense of satisfaction for Jesus as He uttered those words.  Not in some arrogant or prideful manner that would say, “Look at Me and see now what I did!”   No, I speak of a satisfaction which finds peace and rest in the knowing that a job was done well and correctly, in knowing that the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few….or the One had been the real issue and with that issue resolved, the many would benefit.  A sort of pride of knowing.  True pride is always selfless and void of arrogance and conceit, yes?  That is what I believe, what I feel our Lord felt when uttering “It is finished.”   Oh and for the record, as much as I would like to believe I could make such a supreme sacrifice, one of giving my life?  I am of the mind that I could not do so.  At least not by being reliant on my own resources.

Yet, this does bring me to the reason I felt led to write this piece tonight.  It is finished.  Each one of us were placed into this world with a unique purpose and destiny.  And it is only in the pursuit of the fulfilment of our Destiny and it’s attainment that we will ever feel true contentment and peace.  I can attest to this personally for I spent years, even decades doing everything I could to run from what our Creator placed me here to accomplish.  As a result, I spent years, even decades in opposition not only with God but in direct conflict with myself.  And how does that old saying go exactly?  You cannot run away from yourself because wherever you go, there you are.  This is a rather wise adage.  No matter what I did and no matter where I went, my spirit was right there all the while, a constant reminder of who I was supposed to become.  Needless to say, I find myself carrying a lighter load these days which is ironic because I always felt if I accepted my Life purpose, it would be a tremendous burden to me.  My friend, what is your Life purpose?  What path has Destiny chosen for you?  Whatever it may be, you will not know true happiness until you walking the road and heading in the direction that has been purposed for you.  Give this some thought, if you would.

There is one other item I would wish to mention here this evening.  It is finished.  When ever we accomplish something and bring it to fruition, we can say these words.  And what a grand feeling they bring us at that point!  This is true, correct?  Of course it is.  When we leave a project undone and incomplete, there is no feeling of joy or accomplishment for it is not finished.  Now just for a moment, let us look at a bigger picture, so to speak.  Look some years down the road with me, please.  Your life here on Earth is coming to a close soon now for time has gone by as time always does.  Let us look back on your Life’s road for a moment as we stand between this world of the physical and the spiritual world that you will enter into soon.  What are your past years revealing to us now?  Did you fulfill your purpose here?  Yes? No?  Were you in active pursuit of your Destiny?  Yes? No?  If your answer at present would have to be a negative one, I have good news for you just now.  You are not presently standing with one foot in this world and the other in the world to come.  This being so, I would encourage you to make a choice today. Choose to go down the road the Creator has placed before you.  The blessings that lie down Destiny’s road will far outweigh any sacrifice you may have to make.  And the greatest blessing you that will be gifted you when you do approach your journey’s end will be that you will know in your heart, in your spirit and mind that you have given all and with  your Life’s purpose is completed, you can also say with peace and satisfaction that “It is finished”. 

And now this particular piece is also finished.  I appreciate any and all of you who have taken time out from your day to read these words.  I am hopeful that you have found something of value for you here.  Be blessed in your day and always bless any and all who you meet along your pathway.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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