The gospel which literally means “good news” is not given to us to tell us that we have failed or been false. That is not news and it is not good. We already know much of that about ourselves…Rather, the gospel is given to tell us what we do not know, or what we have forgotten, and that is who we are, sons and daughters of the One from whom all things come. It is when we begin to remember who we are, and who all people truly are, that we will begin to remember also what we should be doing, and how we should be relating to one another as individuals and as nations and as a whole earth community.
J. Philip Newell
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.
1 John 4:18
Consider how love drives out fear. Look at our nation and your own sphere of relationships. Where is fear breaking relationships and driving actions? Why? What can you do?
My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.
1 John 3:18
Even when differences tear us apart, we recognize that we belong to the people of the redeemed, to the same family of brothers and sisters loved by the only God.
One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.
We are convinced of the fundamental unity of the human family.
No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
Even the holy men who lived before the coming of Christ understood that God had in mind plans of peace for the human race.
The saddest part of the human race is we’re obsessed with this idea of ‘us and them,’ which is really a no-win situation, whether it’s racial, cultural, religious or political.
Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.
It can be helpful to think of humanity like a pearl necklace. Each human being is a pearl with distinct characteristics, but underneath there is a string that ties us all together, invisible to the naked eye.
To become a true global citizen, one must abandon all notions of otherness and instead embrace togetherness.