Hill Country News Faith Article 2016-05-13
By Chuck Robison
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” This selection from Proverbs 29:18 is worth your consideration at this very strange time in our lives.
At best we are living in a world of competing nightmare visions. Each and every one of them is generated by fear. It is almost impossible to resist engaging in at least one of them some of the time. Sixty-four years ago, you would have had a very difficult time convincing most of the people who survived a global war, that there would ever be a religious war. Today we are marching toward that Global Religious War, without much critical thought. We have been led and taught to believe Muslims want to kill all non-believers; Jews want to destroy virtually all of their neighbors, who are also their genetic cousins, and Christians in America are praying for the World War so that Jesus will come back.
There is nothing happy or uplifting in these visions. Believe it or not, God did not hand down these visions from on high with a demand that we pray and work to fulfill them. But here we are. We cannot afford drinkable water in many of our ancient cities; we lust to carry guns in anyplace we wish, including our local churches; and just to make it interesting, we cannot feed a significant percentage of children in our country, nor can poor families afford a place to live.
And now, we have chosen to squander our national treasure by spending more than one trillion dollars to ‘upgrade’ our nuclear weapons. We are being led to believe that using our tax money to solve our own citizen’s problems is creating a give-away-society.
If there was ever a moment when our faiths were needed to shine a Holy Light on our lives, this is it.
Here is why. All of the Big Three World Religions and all of the others believe that treating each other as we ourselves would like to be treated is at the core of a spiritual life. That is buttressed by the global spiritual law that we cannot escape doing to ourselves as we do to others, because we are all ONE.
The people who we have let program us to create the weapons which will ultimately destroy our world want us to always believe we are not one and that it is always us against someone else, who we call the enemy.
War and our large military establishments exist solely to kill people and war resembles a huge fire as it spreads. We are free to change our minds about all of this. As the Dali Lama recently said, “If we are going to stop the murder of other human beings and war in general, we need to shake ourselves awake from the brain washing that we have created for ourselves over the past six decades.”
Imagine what would happen if every human being on this planet refused to participate in this vision of global war! Money would be freed up to help all 8 billion of us live lives of productivity and dignity. One trillion dollars would clothe, feed, heal, house and educate every person on Earth.
Today we are faced with choosing leaders who cannot imagine this outcome. So that leaves us to lead. We are the salt of the earth. It is up to us to move past those who lead us to war and bend our swords into plow shares and discover we were not made to kill each other, but to lift each other up from the fire of war into the fresh air of a spiritual transformation actually taking place right now on Earth.
We are the ones who must create and demonstrate a new vision for humanity, and to hell with those who want to keep burning people up like cheap firewood.
Without such a powerful Holy Vision, we really will perish.