Recently in my journey of learning to love, I started to notice some neon signs flashing all around WAR WAR WAR BATTLE really, why do we see everything as a war? why do we always say we’re preparing for battle? Doesn’t this imply that everyone you don’t agree with is your adversary, your opposition? How then can you love?
This mindset can only breed feelings of aggression, fear, and hate, wearing a mask of righteousness. Self righteousness (my son had pointed it out in me in the past but I could never see it) Love that kid!! Anyways I was already seeing some things from a different perspective than what I grew up with and always just believed. I started to see that my worldview was fear and shame based, and it started with a ‘fall’ that made me a wretch but that’s not the beginning of the story. The story isn’t supposed to be negative pointing out everything negative, isn’t that what the ‘tree of knowledge’ did? The story is one of love and restoration of all things, it’s beautiful.
That’s where Rebel Warrior came from, https://wp.me/P9qBBc-1c
REBEL: One who refuses to let the world define them!
WARRIOR: One who stands in victory.
With this new perspective I could no longer stay in the War and Battle mindset, while telling myself I’m victorious, perhaps that’s part of the inner battle. Back to the Culture Wars, where has this mindset gotten us? The only ones Jesus did ‘battle’ with were the religious and the enemy, everyone else, well He loved them and taught our true identity.
I don’t believe people can learn from each other and learn to love each other if it’s always a war between ‘us’ and ‘them’. If you never have a conversation with someone you can’t know them, you can’t know their story, but for some reason we think that we can force others to believe what we believe and that it’s a WAR, it’s not a war, it’s life, we’re supposed to love each other, learn from other, care for each other,
Force may subdue, but Love gains: And he that forgives first, wins the Laurel. William Penn
War has no cause except the intention of governments to resort to it.
Ira De Augustine Reid
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
I’ve been too distracted by the wars and battles to learn to love my neighbor as myself. To see others as I see myself, as Rebel Warriors who need a tribe.
Jesus: My friend, do what you have come to do. And at that, the company came and seized Him. One of the men with Jesus grabbed his sword and swung toward the high priest’s slave, slicing off his ear. Jesus: Put your sword back. People who live by the sword die by the sword. Surely you realize that if I called on My Father, He would send 12 legions of messengers to rescue Me. But if I were to do that, I would be thwarting the scriptural story, wouldn’t I? And we must allow the story of God’s kingdom to unfold. Matthew 26:50-54