Governments and social engineers have long played the race card in the control and management of populations and to distract the people from their corruption. The death of a young black man in Florida, Trayvon Martin, at the hand of George Zimmerman whose ethnic background is white/latino, is a case in point. Both civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson and President Obama did not miss public opportunities to inject race into the matter. They, and others, projected an otherwise local matter onto the national stage. Had the deceased been George Zimmerman instead, people outside of Sanford Florida, the location of the event, would never have heard of either of them.
Deeply and primitively, humans are tribal. Anyone that is the least bit different in any respect, from one’s own native group, is easily suspected, distrusted and often hated. And so it is that people are readily manipulated and pitted one against another.
Humans tend to define relationships and identify loyalties on the basis of biology. Jesus the radical, shattered this paradigm by basing, even the closest of bonds, on spirituality.
“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will (loves another as himself) of my Father in heaven, is my brother and sister and mother.”
The ramifications of Jesus’ words are powerful at their most fundamental level. If taken to heart, no man, or no government, could ever divide us one against another again!
To be continued….