The Dalai Lama, long an advocate of peace and reconciliation among various faith traditions, recently declared that once a person or a group decides to indulge in violence they are no longer being true to their supposed beliefs. He pointed out that the Koran even states that once one commits bloodshed that person can no longer be called a follower of Allah.
Christians need to take a lesson from the Dalai Lama. In a time when so many are promoting divisiveness, here is one spiritual leader who continues to seek reconciliation. As followers of the Prince of Peace, we are called to be “ambassadors of peace and agents of reconciliation.”
There is no room in Christianity for hate speech, xenophobia, and divisive rhetoric. Faithfulness to Christ means we love and accept each other even as we have been loved and accepted. Violence, even in response to violence, is not part of the Gospel.
Faithfulness to Christ demands more. The faithful Christian response to terrorism is love. The faithful Christian response to terrorism is forgiveness. Anything less, as the Dalai Lama would say, is to be untrue to what we proclaim we believe.
A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day. — Albert Schweitzer
Ending hunger is much like eating an elephant. It can be done, but it’s not going to happen in one meal.
We can, and we should, end hunger in our lifetime. However, it will take determination to make it happen.
Ending hunger in our lifetime is difficult, but never make the mistake of thinking it is impossible. Each of us only need to do what we can today. Then tomorrow we do what we can again. Like any great endeavor, eradicating the scourge of hunger requires great perseverance.
The secret to changing the world to a place where hunger is just a memory can be found in a Buddhist say that I have always liked. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is to keep on walking.”
Persistent effort will get us to the day when we have a hunger-free world. We aren’t there yet, but we are closer than we were yesterday. And tomorrow is another day. Let’s just keep walking until we get there.