The Gospel in one word is love…it really is this simple.
Any questions? Seems fairly straight forward. If one is a person of faith, it’s a spiritual matter to treat others with respect.
This sign in front of the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace provides a powerful message to all of us this Sunday morning, especially those of us who claim to worship the living Christ. Those living in faithfulness to the Gospel understand that love builds longer tables and even bridges. Only fear and hatred builds walls.
I have never watched a pay-for-view event.
This I would pay any amount to watch.
I would even rent an auditorium and open it to my entire community,
especially my friends from all the s***hole countries.
Most of us will never be in a position to give $11 million to help those in need. But everyone of us can provide hope to someone. We can all be heroes of hope.There are thousands, even millions, of ways to demonstrate the love of God to those around us. A word of encouragement can change a person’s life forever.
Helping our neighbors begins with caring enough to act. Kindness is in short supply these days. Smile more, and look for opportunities to put love into action. Providing hope for even one person is helping nudge the world in the right direction.
Become a hero of hope. The world needs more heroes.
The following article is from GLOBAL CITIZEN. It is a call to action, asking for the signing of a letter to the President to reverse his executive order for extreme vetting. This is a simple way to take immediate action that reflects the moral values we hold as people of faith.
Reverse President Trump’s Executive Order to Ban Refugees
The United States has just slammed its doors on the world’s most vulnerable.
On January 27th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, implementing extreme vetting of refugees who enter the country.
It suspends the entire US refugee program for 120 days as new “extreme vetting” rules are developed, even though America already has the toughest vetting program for refugees in the world.
It halves America’s refugee intake to a maximum of 50,000 annually, with a complete ban on admitting refugees from war-torn Syria.
It stops seven predominantly Muslim nationalities – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – from even visiting America. This includes dual-nationals, green card holders, and most visa-holders.
As Global Citizens, we know that opposing viewpoints are a vital part of any robust political discussion. We work with all sides of politics to ensure that governments continue play a leading role in ending extreme poverty.
However, there are basic values that weave the fabric of the American Democracy – like not discriminating on the basis of religion and nationality.
This policy crosses that line.
Refugees are the most vulnerable fellow citizens on our planet, fleeing unimaginable horrors of conflict, persecution and disaster.
These are fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters.
We, as global citizens, stand proudly as supporters of refugee communities and vulnerable populations, regardless of religion or national origin.
We must call President Trump out on his actions and ensure that refugees can have place to call home.
I recently allowed myself the pleasure of rereading Orwell’s 1984. I am so glad I did since we are now seeing it unfold right before us. We are actually entering into the virtual reality of living in the 1984 world.
Animal Farm is next on my reread list. Like 1984, I know I will enjoy the book again. And also like 1984, I know I am going to see lessons that are reflected in the world in which we now find ourselves.
I want to reread some of these classics while I still have the freedom to do so. The way things are going that might not be possible in the near future.
BLOTUS has been in office less than a full week, and the fourth estate is already “the opposition” and “the enemy.” First silence the press. Then silence free speech. Lie, lie, lie and keep on repeating the lies until even the absurd begins to sound reasonable.
And in the end, do whatever is necessary to eliminate dissent.