Barbarian: (adj) of or relating to ancient barbarians.
I wish I could report that the nervous, prejudiced and angry process of choosing up sides for basketball in gym class ceases after adolescence.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t.
There are too many people who should possess intelligence and courtesy who continue to follow that barbaric practice of alienating people based upon personal preference.
It causes us to make enemies instead of creating relationships.
We feel we strengthen our relationships by alienating others. Isn’t that interesting? We think by saying that we love “this group of people over here” more than “that group,” we intensify our commitment and affection.
No wonder it’s so difficult for us to believe the statement, “For God so loved the world…”
We think that makes God wishy-washy.
Doesn’t He realize that some people are barbarians?
Doesn’t He understand they are breaking His rules and therefore should be classified as damnable or at least second-class citizens? How can we feel good about ourselves if we don’t make other people feel bad?
There’s a simple statement which is slid into the Good Book which is often overlooked: “I am debtor to all.”
Honestly, folks, I can’t think of any place I’ve ever gone or any group of people I’ve ever met who did not teach me something. I may even have found them distasteful at first, but they still enlivened my palate.
- They made me think.
- They made me wonder.
- Sometimes they were cautionary tales on what not to be–but I used their presence on Earth to make my world better.
There isn’t a race of people who at one time or another was not considered to be barbarians by those ruling over them.
The sooner we realize that the space we occupy is not holy, but rather, the fellowship we create with one another, the better off we will be in using this planet … to bless instead of curse.
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