This is a dialogue starter. When you are done reading this, I truly encourage your feedback. Whether you agree or not. Whether you are Christian or Not. Please read in the context of our humanity and spirituality, in which we all share.
I am not appealing to you as a saint. I can’t do that for as a man I think as a man. I am however appealing to you as fellow. One who has been seeking out a better answer to the truth and to shield himself and his family from the falsehood of mankind. In so doing It is my sincere hope that this reaches you; whoever you may be. Whether you are a man or a woman, a child or an elder, regardless of your ethnic, creed, race, or geographic location, that you see the world through a new lens. That you take every day as a gift and not for granted. That you breath in the air that all life shares and that you put back what you take and work for what you want without breaching the contract of living life.
Life as it is known and experienced is short in the grand scheme, but a life lived is long and full of fruit. Multiplying in goodness and living by the grace of the gift of life. You are one from the many that edged out others to see this experience in conception. You have already won. Just as the man, woman, and child, along with the beast of the field.
Should you not live your life to its fullest and purest extent? Should you not allow another to do the same? To forsake that right you breach the law of life. As commanded, you are not to harm the life that contains the light known as the life force. You are your brother’s keeper out of law not choice. Your earthly siblings' breaths as you do, loves as you do, and if they fail to do so, show him the way. Not with force, contempt, or condemnation, but with the same love gifted to you by the blood of Christ. A love that is self-sacrificing and everlasting. A love that knows the flaws of your heart and actions, however. The sacrifice is made! In so doing you place on your relative the opportunity to live life abundantly. Not greedily but abundant! A wealth that comes from the heart is more than riches determined by an economic system. The wealth of the heart creates riches without shame or manipulation. Without blood and bondage, it exists free to grow and thrive with no remorse.
The idea that somehow a creature created is greater than another creature is a euphemism to God. We are all the of earth and so shall we return to the earth from which we came, and our souls to where they rightfully belong.
That you which you think is right may not be aligned with what is right in Gods eyes. Seek within you hearts to look at the current stated of life through the word of God. I compel all you who say you are a brother and sister in the faith of our lord Jesus Christ to go home, meditate on the word or God, and to seek within yourself the thing that causes you to do harm to others. That is not of Christ! That is not the way, it is not the light, but the darkness within, crawling off the tree and convincing the fruit of the forbidden will not cause you to die. The death did happen. We are just to blind to see it. The death was a spiritual death. A death of disobedience! Lucifer understood this and paid the cost for the trickery. Why is it we can’t seem to understand that the spirit must be in harmony with God for eternal goodness. To avoid the second death, we must truly repent. Don’t take my word for it, Revelation 21:8 makes this noticeably clear. “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death”
It is not enough to know God and it is not enough to just get baptized. For faith without works is dead! You must be diligent to work for God in truth. If our fleshly desire decides what truth is, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Racism, sexism, and classism can get us into a spiritual bind. The thinking is highly susceptible to overtaking our ethics. We must be cognizant to never let our achievements live above God. We must not worship what we make with our hands or we fall into the idolatry trap.
I am practical and just as you I must work for a living. What is important is how you do that work. The integrity you carry with you. The honor you have for the Christ life. The way is not supposed to be easy. The fruit was easy to grab, but the penalty was/is greater than the sweetness of said fruit. The penalty was so great, God hit reset. Provided a simpler covenant to live by, to give us another opportunity to live abundantly.
In order to live a life of abundance we have to have a true understanding of the place humanity has in the grand scheme of creation. We were to be stewards of earth. However, we have been quite the opposite. Aside form Jane Goodall and others like her. I see many people just taking and stripping our earthly home. This is our proving grounds and we are focused on the wrong things. I digress a bit to highlight my point further about the bigger picture.
Take some time to meditate on the following scripture. I think if we can put this in our hearts and truly understand our connection and relation to the entire human experience we will begin to act differently towards the dust in which we come from. For when we say take care to a fellow, we mean it!
Read and Meditate on This
“Another thing I observed under the sun: There, in the same place as justice, was wickedness; there, in the same place as righteousness, was wickedness. 17 I said to myself, The righteous and the wicked God will judge, because there is a right time for every intention and for every action” 18 Concerning people, I said to myself, “God is testing them, so that they will see that by themselves they are just animals. 19 After all, the same things that happen to people happen to animals, the very same thing — just as the one dies, so does the other. Yes, their breath is the same; so that humans are no better than animals; since nothing matters, anyway. 20 They all go to the same place; they all come from dust, and they all return to dust. 21 Who knows if the spirit of a human being goes upward and the spirit of an animal goes downward into the earth?” 22 So I concluded that there is nothing better for a person to do than take joy in his activities, that that is his allotted portion; for who can enable him to see what will happen after him?