The fear mongering during the election over Muslim refugees seeking safety in Canada has gotten me thinking about our human patterns of exclusion.
On this day of remembrance I remember my grandfathers who respectfully and respectively served in WWI and WWII. I also remember that a large part of grandpa having to be at WWII was because a whole race and religion of people were excluded and people were taught by their leaders to fear difference.
Lest we forget... to me this means we mustn't forget our dark history. We must remember the mistakes we made in the past as humans and learn from them to make our present more whole and healthy than our past.
Richard Rohr clearly articulates it here:
But Christians sadly whittled [religion] down into something small, exclusive, and manageable. The church became a Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant private club, and not necessarily formed by people who were "in communion" with anything else, usually not with the natural world, with non-Christians, or even with other Christians outside their own denomination. It became a very tiny salvation... now we sing, "How great is our God" and "Our God reigns."
The operative word in these songs is "our" and not really "God."
Our very suffering now, our condensed presence on this common nest that we have largely fouled, may soon be the one thing that we finally share in common.
It might well be the one thing that will bring us together politically and religiously.
The earth and its life systems, on which we all entirely depend, might soon become the very thing that will convert us to a simple lifestyle, to necessary community, and to an inherent and universal sense of reverence for the Holy.
We all breathe the same air and drink the same water. There are no Jewish, Christian, or Muslim versions of these universal elements. This earth itself is indeed the very Body of God.
(Daily Meditation: The Body of God)