What has recently happened in Dallas is a tragedy for the families of the officers killed, a shocking event for the families of the wounded and most importantly of all, a clarion call for pure unvarnished truth to be spoken.
As if their reactions were pre-written, a chorus of voices arose demanding that more restrictions be placed on guns. Others pleaded for calm and begged that we find a way to come together as a nation to prevent more senseless death.
To the first group, I say the obvious, a person intent on killing will find a weapon to kill with be it a gun, a vehicle, a bomb or a knife. Inanimate objects are not our problem.
To the second I say you have a nice message, but it needs to be clearly defined.
The answer to Dallas and to all the other violence has been right before our eyes for ages. It is a cornerstone of most of the world’s religions and practically ignored by men and women worldwide. It is often called the Golden Rule and is usually stated as Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You.
The answer to Dallas is we all must live our lives according to the dictates of love.
Stay with me, this is not some hippy-dippy, sweet-sappy collection of feel-good sayings.
To start with, if we truly are going to live our life according to the dictates of love we must immediately begin to do violence unto ourselves.
We must grasp our anger and choke it until it is dead. We must ensnare our egos and grind them into oblivion. We must arrest our me-first attitudes and lock them away in some dark and forgotten spot never to see the light of day again.
Only by doing violence unto ourselves can we be victorious and achieve the life we all dream of.
Love is a Choice! We must choose to be patient when we feel anger. We must choose to act kindly when we want to denigrate another. We must force ourselves to be repulsed when evil is inflicted on another.
As an athlete pushes through the pain of training we must persevere in our choices to follow the path of LOVE!
No matter what we have been taught growing up, no matter what our instant reflex reaction is in any situation, we must use our free will to force ourselves to act in love!
To everyone reading this, I promise you, if you decide to enter on this path, it will be the most arduous and painful journey you have ever experienced. There will be moments of high elation interspersed with periods of pain all joined by long fatiguing intervals of struggle. This will continue until you take your last breath.
But I also promise you, if you walk this path and teach and encourage your brother, your sister, your spouse, your parent, your children, your friends to do the same, that together we will accomplish the impossible. We will not eliminate hatred and evil from this world but we will make hatred and evil very uncomfortable. Our victories within ourselves will spread and create an environment where those who are tempted to choose the other path will hesitate and question why they want to hate and not love. And over time we can make this world the best it can be this side of heaven.
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous. Love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude. Love does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS!
1 Corinthians 13 verses 4 -8