If ever families–never mind our entire country–have been divided, it’s now. If ever we needed inspiration, it is now.
My morning meditation has been in the writings of E. Stanley Jones. He was one influential man, an intellectual who was a missionary, speaking around the world. President Franklin Roosevelt confided in him, as well as General Douglas MacArthur, and some peace-loving Japanese in the time leading up to Pearl Harbor. They almost prevented the war, apparently. In addition, he conversed with Mahatma Gandhi just before he launched his non-cooperation movement. In writing about the war and the power of the atom bomb, Mr. Jones compared the power of the atom with the “atma,” the word for soul in the Hindu language. He reminded us of his belief that deep down every one has a basic urge for love. But we must choose which power we live by, the power of hate (the atom) or the power of love (atma). He was there when it worked in India. Here’s a #quote: Gandhi, a little man in a loincloth, with no weapons save the weapon of unflinching good will, accomplished the greatest political revolution in all human history, barring none, and he did it with the power of the atma [soul].
This may sound too simplistic to some people. I don’t know about you but I don’t have any power to change anything. But when things are spinning out of control, Stanley Jones reminds us that we can choose to love. That means, of course, choosing to be gentle and patient with people with whom we disagree. It means accepting the fact that we’re not going to have the last word. Maybe possibly we don’t even know what the last word is.
Jesus’ followers wanted Him to solve the political mess in His time. He ignored them and went to the cross. How might we follow His example?