Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Borderfree - Thoughts of the Declaration of Sentiments

I wrote this back in 2004:

I've been thinking a lot about how things are. How do we make God's word fit into our everyday lives? Into the political spectrum? How are some of our most deeply held beliefs reconciled through scripture when the Word tends to disagree?

Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands. The interests, rights, liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us, than are those of the whole human race. Hence, we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury. The Prince of Peace, under whose stainless banner we rally, came not to destroy, but to save, even the worst of enemies. He has left us an example, that we should follow his steps. God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

That was part of the Declaration of Sentiments Adopted by the Peace Convention held in Boston, Mass., Sept. 18-20, 1838 (penned by William Lloyd Garrison, a quaker).

Many years ago the common man didn't have a political spectrum. He didn't have any notion of what went on in other counties, let alone other nations. But today, in our democratic society, we're fully aware of what goes on in every country throughout the world. Today we're all involved in the decision making, we're all a political voice. So how do we associate this difference with scripture wherein we're told to not make distinctions between the Jew and the Greek; the slave and the free? Making it more modern, we're not supposed to prejudge the American and the Afghani; the working-man and the politician. In the Kingdom of God there is no class, there is no borders.

The dogma, that all the governments of the world are approvingly ordained of God, and that the powers that be in the United States, in Russia, in Turkey, are in accordance with his will, is not less absurd than impious. It makes the impartial Author of human freedom and equality, unequal and tyrannical.
The Declaration continues.

Where do we find in scripture that people within a certain borders are to be regarded as worth more than others? The Bible tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves, as well as our enemies. All are to be loved, and we can't make a distinction between a Mexican and an American (not that I can tell through scripture).

I can't draw any universal conclusions for everyone. It's all our own convictions we must follow. I'm just trying to see how we can reconcile our own beliefs with what God actually says. The Bible's answers seem irrational at times, it seems futile, or it seems it won't work. But God doesn't guarantee His commands for us will work out in our timing, only that we will be rewarded in the resurrection with crowns for the works that we do. Adjusting our lives to the ways of Christ might be uncomfortable, it might seem like things won't work out. But are we looking at things through our worldly eyes in stead of the eternal eyes of the Holy Spirit? We Americans are always so quick to not be "walked all over" or we'll extol "self defence" but I don't understand how this reconciles with the Word of God.

I'm writing too much already.

Hebrews 10:32-36
But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion for those who were in prison, and you cheerfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves possessed something better and more lasting. Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

No comments: