GENESIS 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?
For most of my life, I have looked at people only from a Christian perspective, judging them and their actions by the Truths that I had been taught since early childhood. That was fine as long as I stayed within the confines of my Religion and only associated with those whose beliefs were the same or similar to mine, but once I broke out of the confinement of the Christian Reformed Church, I discovered that there were many people in this world who believed just as strongly as I did, but in a different set of Truths, and they also did good deeds because of their beliefs.
My first response was to think that their beliefs were wrong and mine were right, but you don’t make many friends that way and I had a choice of either running back to the safety and isolation of the Fold or trusting that the GOD I said I believed in was real. In trusting I have discovered that, not only is He real, but He is so much more than I had ever imagined. That realization has allowed me to form deep relationships with people of great integrity who, while different from me in some aspects of belief, are nonetheless, great and caring people to be around.
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” The words are from the Bible, but to conclude from this that God will look with favor on me or anyone else because of our good deeds is not my intention… only time and eternity will reveal GOD’S real plan for us. In the meantime, I have chosen to spend my time with those people who in my mind have done or are doing the right thing in this Life… for it is my belief that Life and relationships are meant to be experienced and enjoyed to their fullest, and the best way of doing this, is to live in Harmony with all that is around us.
I have a feeling that at the end of time as we now know it, when all things are revealed in their completeness, we will discover that the only differences between Black and White were, like the spectrum of light that radiates from a perfectly cut diamond, the subtle variations in how each of us manifested the many Reflections of God.
“I bowed my head to God, and God took all of me. Every imperfection, God took all of me, and every day, God lives and breathes through me, looking in the mirror, I love you, sweet God.”
These words are taken from Ong Namo by Snatam Kaur. Give it a listen and while doing so, ask yourself what is it you see when you look in the mirror?