As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
Easter is considered a very sacred time for anyone who believes in Jesus the Christ, the Son, the Father, the Messiah. It is a time of remembrance, the great suffering and pain he endured, for the sake of spreading the message of One God. Not only that, but the message of love. To love one another. Within our differences and similarities for the sake of God. Whilst even in a state of persecution, Jesus in the physical realm, in the intense suffering sought to offer good words, advice, knowing that after his crucifixion his own people would also suffer. The suffering and who were the cause of his suffering, were the Jews and the Romans, where Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross and forced to wear a crown of thorns. Just thinking about this type of persecution makes me shiver, and think about our own slight pain - even with a tiny prick of the finger we feel uneasy. Jesus bore intense pain.
Today as the stories are told to keep the faith of Jesus alive, as well as to share history, it might seem as though Christians, or any who believe in the Messiah are not spreading anti-semitism, or haters for the Jewish people. But this should not be regarded the case. Nor would I think that Jesus himself would have agreed for his story to be shared with vile intentions, but it is a biblical story of truth and should be preserved. Where people of faith should be able to remember crucifixion - and also the resurrection as a time of celebration, where the spirit of Jesus did indeed rise from the dead.
I was inclined to write about this, especially with the observation of Washington politics. Where at a time where a nation states and symbolizes "In God We Trust." President Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House. His actions and timing once again reveal the duality of "In God We Trust," and the Trump administrations constant need for the re-assurance to Israel and the Jewish people.
The message and story of Jesus is not one to promote anti-semitism, but rather to tell the truth. Whilst there has been much efforts to ensure, reduce and eliminate anti-semitism, we can also think about how the Jewish people / communities could develop relations with Christians to promote unity, or even modern day forms of forgiveness from Christ, through the Christian belief systems that are in place today.
Everyone should be allowed to share the story and history of a religious belief without feeling a fear, that there are dual intentions, or to promote anti-semitism. Christian faith leaders have a duty to keep the faith alive, with purity, honesty, and true intentions. Sometimes that might cause unsettling tension between other faiths, activists or groups. God to this day is inviting. God wants you to hear his story, so that maybe your hearts will open to him. The least political and religious leaders of difference can do is respect the Biblical truths, and allow the story of Jesus to be told.