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Freedom; a state of mind


The dream of freedom fighters anywhere is a dream for society to be free to live life without oppression, segregation and as comfortable as possible based on one’s own toil. It’s been a long expensive battle in which many noble men have lost their lives. Some like the “Great Soul” Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela were well known and are remembered, whilst others quietly contributed their quotas behind the scenes. And though laws have been passed to unite all races through the abolishment of open segregation; lately I stop to wonder if the war against racial segregation was really won in the face of so many senseless killings of young black males in the U.S. One can argue that to an extent that Martin Luther King’s Jr. dream of freedom, of black children of slaves and that of white slave owners sitting together at the table of brotherhood has been realized but to what extent ? The black man continues his daily struggle to remain in schools that are safe, have good teachers and other valuable resources to enhance his life. Unfortunately, his biggest struggle is against his own self. For though the white man may have freed him, his mind set is still in bondage. We can cry racial discrimination at every opportunity we get but what are we doing about the black man who looks into a fellow black man’s eyes and pulls a trigger for no tangible reason at all? Is that freedom? Till this day in India there remains a caste system which gives every individual an identity. Don’t get me wrong, identity is good for without it we are lost, but if it brings segregation among its people, is that freedom? Did Mahatma Gandhi die for a cast to decide who becomes a priest, a ruler or who should be a laborer? What about love? Must your ancestry affect who you can love and your future be already decided at birth by virtue of your caste? As I laid in bed last night wondering what I could teach my 6 year old on the importance of celebrating Martin Luther King’s Jr. Birthday and why he gets to get a holiday; Hebrews 12:14 came to mind: Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. My heart bled in pain for all the violence around the world and now Burkina Faso?  In Mark 7: 14-23 Jesus called the crowd and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this: Nothing outside of a person can defile him by going into him. Instead, it is that which comes out of a person that defiles him…. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come.” Brethren therefore all the hatred going around us is inborn from a man’s heart and as Christians, we are called to guard our hearts from greed, malice and envy which eventually lead to murder. Let there be love in our hearts. I reflected on Gandhi’s non-violent acceptance and tolerance of all religions and in his ability of living with all. That is what I call true freedom!  If you like what you read, like us and share us, also kindly register at www.amillionwaystosay.com so you can be automatically be notified of new postings. It is completely FREE and be kind to one another!

 

 


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