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MEMORIAL DAY’S MISSING NOTE

It’s good to remember and honor those who died in our many wars. However, as some of us know, the good is often the enemy of the best. We have recently observed Memorial Day. Through television, we have seen memorial services, both large and small, near and far. Through thousands of speeches, we have been encouraged to remember the fallen. Yet, there has been one supremely important note missing from most speeches.

Perhaps, if we are open-minded enough, we can learn from the Civil Rights Movement how to memorialize people. They fought a war for justice, equality and fairness. They fought it by using nonviolence. Yet, that war cost them dearly in terms of pain, suffering, and death. They built memorials to their heroes; people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Fred Shuttlesworth, and many, many others who were a part of the struggle for civil and human rights. You only have to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum to see many of the relics of that struggle. One of the best displays is the burned Greyhound bus, from which freedom riders (who were nothing but young college students, both black and white, male and female) were pulled out of the bus by an angry mob and unmercifully beaten.

Across the street from the museum is the 16th Street Baptist Church where you’ll find a memorial for four little girls who were murdered in Sunday School by a bomb planted by a hate-filled racist.  In the park directly in front of the museum, you can see the bronze statues of vicious dogs and water cannons that were used on the demonstrators, including the children. Those memorials and speakers who speak about those days normally don’t leave out the most important note, which is a statement, a statement that says loudly and clearly, “Never again! Never again!”  Never again white-only schools, white-only restrooms, white-only water fountains, white-only movies, white-only restaurants. Never again being forced to sit on the back of the bus. Never again being denied the right to vote by racist trickery or racist redistricting. Never again having to get off the sidewalk for white people. Never again!

Shouldn’t this same missing note be sounded loudly and clearly for those who honor our war dead?  Those who died in the War Between the States, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and on and on the list goes. Don’t we have enough white crosses in our cemeteries? Don’t we have enough people without arms or legs? Don’t we have enough veterans so terribly shocked by the gruesome horror of war that they can’t function in society? Isn’t it time we say never again to war?  Isn’t it time we learned to solve our differences without constantly going to war? Shouldn’t we be saying at our war memorials, never again!

I know some of you are thinking we’ve got to defend our country and our freedom. The sad truth to that widely-believed statement is that no country in the world has been a serious threat to the United States of America or to our freedom since December 7, 1941. Shouldn’t we be saying loudly and clearly, never again!

Robert G. Wilkerson, D.Min., is a minister, writer and co-founder of People For the Christian Way. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net. PeoplefortheChristianWay.com

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AVOIDING WAR

 

The U.S. did a wonderful thing a few weeks ago. We solved a problem without going to war. That has been rare in our recent history.

The issue was Syria and its possession and use of chemical weapons on rebels fighting to overthrow their present government. The Hawks in Washington began to advocate several different military actions that we could take. Some even suggested that our President and our nation would be seen as weak, cowardly, and undependable allies if we did not take some sort of military action.

However, cooler, more intelligent heads prevailed. President Obama, working with others including Russia’s President Putin, negotiated a deal for the inspection and removal of chemical weapons from Syria. All is going well at this time.

Because of not going to war, many good things have happened. Many, possibly thousands of lives have been saved. Thousands of young military people will not be killed. Thousands will not lose arms and legs, and become disfigured and disabled. Horrible atrocities will not happen. People will not come home with scarred and damaged minds suffering with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Military cemeteries will not be forced to add more graves to their already over-crowded fields. Rivers of tears will not flow from the eyes of mothers and fathers, and newly widowed spouses, and fatherless/motherless children.

The lives of thousands of Syrians will be saved. More of their cities and homes will not be turned to rubble, at least not by us. Many Syrians will survive to return to their normal lifestyles after their internal conflict is resolved.

Avoiding military action in Syria will help America’s national reputation. It will weaken the perception that we are international bullies, out to run the world and willing to go to war quickly with little, if any, justification.

Years ago, someone asked, “What would happen if they threw a war and no one came?” In Syria, someone threw a war, we did not come, and it is absolutely wonderful!

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com


LONGING FOR PEACE

“Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime” (2 Kings 21:19)?

 

            All civilized people long for peace in the world. We long for an end to the horrible maiming, mutilation, and death that wars bring, and to the experiences that twist men’s minds, and leave them to be haunted by fearful nightmares. We long for the day to end when our patriotic young people return to their homeland in flag-draped caskets, when we hear taps echoing across lonely cemeteries, and we see tears streaming down the cheeks of young wives, mothers, and children.

            We long for the day to come when the billions of dollars spent on war can be used to provide health care, food and shelter for the needy, education and training, and job opportunities for all those willing and able to work.

            We long for peace in the hearts of people all over the world. Some people’s greatest conflict is within themselves. They are filled with guilt, fear, and worry; however, they need not feel this way. The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, offers His peace to all. The Hebrew word “peace” in Isaiah 9:6 is the word “shalom.” Shalom means more than just the absence of conflict. It means the rich, harmonious, joyful life of those privileged to live in God’s kingdom. To have Christ is to have peace.

            God’s Word tells us that as long as the world stands there shall be wars and rumors of wars. There is little, if anything, an individual can do to change that; however, every human being can enjoy the peace that God gives. It is personal, and it passes all understanding. It is a peace that one can have even in the midst of the storm. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27).

The peace of Christ be with you.

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People For the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.  drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, https://www.facebook.com/People.For.The.Christian.Way

THE END OF WAR

“. . . seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14)

 

August 14 is the day Japan surrendered and WWII ended, and what a glorious day it was. Although only a child, I remember it well. I climbed into the back seat of the family’s sedan, and off we went to downtown Birmingham. The sights along the way were amazing. People came out of their homes and businesses, met on the sidewalks, hugged each other, and shouted with joy, many danced in the streets. The joy was unbridled. On the way, I saw one heavy-set woman lying on her front porch, rolling back and forth, praising, and thanking God.

Downtown was a mess. The streets were filled with cars, bumper to bumper with people blowing their horns. People were shouting and waving at each other. The ticker tape thrown from the buildings was so thick it looked like a snowstorm.

Great joy naturally followed the hard war years during which Americans sacrificed. Almost every home in America had a family member in the military (husbands, sons, daughters, uncles, and aunts). The war took the lives of 291,557 Americans. It was the costliest one in our history.

Jesus said as long as the world stands, there would be wars (Matthew 24:6-8). However, he did not say we (Americans or Christians) had to be involved in all of them. On the contrary, He tells us to seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14). Let us pray for peace and for leaders who will pursue peace, not war.

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

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MOST HATED PRESIDENT

 Barack Obama is one of the most hated Presidents in U.S. history. Check what you believe to be the reason for it below:

1.      ____  He saved the U.S. economy from going into a great depression.

2.      ____  He hasn’t started any new wars.

3.      ____  He has brought thousands of troops home.

4.      ____  He has provided healthcare to thousands of the poor who otherwise would have none.

5.      ____  He has prevented insurers from denying or canceling health care coverage for thousands due to pre-existing conditions.

6.      ____  His skin is black.

If you checked box 6, you are right.  But isn’t this wrong?

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.  drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

NO MORE MEMORIALS

I went to see the Andrew Jackson Memorial in Louisville, Kentucky. In it was a life-size marble stature of Jackson on a horse, rearing in the air. He was holding a sword above his head as if he were leading a charge.

Walking outside that area, I found myself standing in a large military cemetery. White crosses in perfect aligned rows were everywhere. As I walked among them, I read the inscriptions, and calculated how old they were when they were killed. They were young. There were male and female, black and white, Christians and Jews. They were sons and daughters, fathers and mothers; the best that America had to give. As I thought about them and the people they had left behind, my eyes filled with tears and then a constant flow started that I couldn’t hide or hold back.

Jackson’s memorial was not the only one there. Every tombstone is a memorial to the one whose remains lay beneath it. There is no doubt that we should remember and honor our fallen dead. It is a good thing to do.

But I would propose a better thing. If we love our patriotic young men and women, let us stop getting them killed in needless wars. Let’s stop adding memorials and begin protecting the lives of our troops.

We can start by bringing all our people home from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and we can do it now. Then, we can strongly encourage our political and military leaders to find peaceful solutions to world problems and not constantly fall back on military might. Might does not determine who is right, only who is left.

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

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