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Monday, March 26, 2012

United We Stand - USA is a Rainbow Nation

Another young man is dead because of a mistake. Aren't all killings a mistake? I'd say most of them are. Perhaps some are necessary such as eliminating the threat of a serial killer by sending him home for his Father in Heaven to discipline as He sees fit. Having a solid belief in God helps settle the nerves in such situations. Having a solid conviction, or as some faith's call it- a "testimony" or a sure knowledge, that there is a God who cares and is intensely interested in what we do in mortal earth life makes the act of sending a killer home for God to deal with actually relieving. One knows the killer isn't being any more than booted out of mortal existence. He is still alive, he is just not a mortal anymore.

Enough of the meta-physical "God-Talk". While I do have such a testimony myself, I don't want to preach. There are so many differing perceptions for even just the name "God" that it is something I don't want to get into.

What I do want to do is quote from an article by Patricia Walston in the "examiner.com" website
In this article, Patricia declares the truth that, while we may celebrate our diversity of cultures in this nation, the United States of [North] America, it is not the diversity that gives us strength. It is the UNITY of the diverse cultures that gives ... or CAN GIVE ... us a strength that other nations cannot have. Let me quote Patricia:

The political climate in this country has turned nasty because the continual depiction of everything that people disagree is because racial bias. Is it because our President is black? Can’t people disagree based on the facts and issues?
Is there racism in this country? You bet. It is solely the white man against the black man? Not by a long shot. There are African Americans who are racist against the Koreans, there blacks against whites – whites against blacks. There is even racism against the Native Americans. Who has turned this into a racial situation?
Over the past few years, those in the movement against America have succeeded in pitting just about everyone against someone else. We can’t fall for this – divided we fall. Divided we will be conquered. United we will stand – all together no matter the differences in cultural practices and race.
Racism is a fact of life – but most people don’t go around killing people who are different from them. We are a nation in turmoil and like ole Rodney King said after his attack in California, “Can’t we just all learn to get along with each other?”

Continue reading on Examiner.com A young man is dead – Trayvon Martin – was it racism? - Atlanta News You Can Use | 

The people of the world need to remember that peace will only come when they each consider the other person as one who wants the same as him/her-self:
1. Health
2. Happiness
3. Loving Family
4. Respect
5. Enough to live on with enough to share or spare.
6. An infinite variety of other good and desirable things, i.e. a good vehicle, good tools, nice house, etc.

In most countries there are some diversities of nationalism. Those diversities are often looked at as reasons to be separated and distrustful. In Great Britain there is a lot of diversity because of the empire it used to maintain, similar to the empire America could be accused of now maintaining.

America, however, did not begin as an empire except within it's own borders. The Great Lady of New York, the Statue of Liberty, spoke the offer to the world:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning,
And her name, Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome;
Her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor
That twin cities frame.
"Keep, Ancient Lands, your storied pomp!"
Cries she with silent lips.


Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door
!

“The New Colossus,” by the nineteenth-century American poet Emma Lazarus. Set to music by Mrs. Barbara Silberg

America began as a free land and a land of liberty until an empire building government took over and sought to enforce it's own rules upon the people at their expense. No matter the nation of the people's origin - Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Scotland, etc, "the Empire must be built and sustained" and "God save the King!" were the cries. The people, however, sought to keep two different "Kings" as their governors in 1776: Eternal Law and Eternal Providence. No other king for the people of America. Travel the east coast and the city of Washington DC and you will find it very easy to discover the foundation of the governance of this land. Travel across the height and breadth of this land and you will see that the foundation is still solid in the smaller and larger towns and cities. Faith in the Laws of Providence and faith in the Rule of Law keeps the government and the economy "as sound as a dollar". Actually, now that foundation is wondering exactly how sound that "dollar" actually is.

There is doubt about how sound the federal government is, too, because the leaders seem to have stepped away from the foundation upon which the government and nation was built.

Nonetheless, the promise of liberty rang across the globe and people, hundreds of thousands of people from every nation came in order to "breathe free". America, called "the great melting pot" has become the home of people of every color around the world, black, red, brown, yellow, tan, pink, white. My mother told me I have an olive complection and my older brother said, "Yeah, olive GREEN!" So we may even have green, and certainly many people have "felt blue", so America can honestly be said to have people of about every color of the rainbow.

Can we, a nation so blessed by the Hand that Holds all Nature up, a nation so beautifully colored, a nation blessed with so many wonderful flavors and aromas and languages and cultures, America the Beautiful, can we allow our mutual home to become ravaged by hatred because one of our brothers or sisters is colored differently or speaks our National Language with a different dialect? No!

Americans must be uplifted, inspired by the light refracted so beautifully by the pigment in our skin, the rainbow that spans our land. We must look at each other as equals AND as people who can be uplifted by interaction with each other. We each have much to learn from each other. We each have much with which to help, uplift and inspire our fellow Americans.

We are the Rainbow Nation and as, in the Holy Bible, God is said to have given the Rainbow as a Promise that He will never again destroy the world by flood, so the Rainbow of this American People can still hold the Promise of Peace, Safety and Liberty to the world. Let us shed our light upon the world, the light of not just tolerance of diversity but the light of acceptance, welcoming and Love. Let us Lift Our Lamp again to the world that all may see and follow.

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