I hope everyone had a good week. While we were most likely going through our weekly routine, people were being terrorized and killed all around the world. Yes! I said terrorism and Yes! I said all over the world. Terrorism occurs every day in our world today but we usually just hear or talk about the big, eye catching, popular one which is usually based on our environment or what the media shares.
According to Wikipedia, Terrorism is the use of violence or threat of violence in order to coerce a political, religious, or ideological change. It is also an unlawful use of violence, force or intimidation against people or their property. So, when someone blows up a plane, an airport or a property, that is terrorism. When another person kidnaps people, takes hostages or intimidates a region or village that is also terrorism. Likewise, when a certain group or tribe decide to force another group away from their home and take their resources or when a man beats his wife because he thinks she doesn’t listen, that is terrorism too.
Therefore, I’m making a point that terrorism occurs in different ways and has everything to do with the individual (man, woman or child) and nothing really to do with their religion, the color of their skin, their ethnicity, gender etc. The fact is, there are terrorists everywhere, in every country and in every community who will continue to inspire fear, anger and hatred to further their agenda but we cannot let that change us from being good and stand up for justice and support people who are being terrorized or oppressed.
I decided to share this poem I wrote over a decade ago as a reminder that we have the power to change the world starting with ourselves and our environment. I get very sad sometimes because the future looks bleak with all the fear, anger, pain, paranoia, hatred, prejudice and ignorance I see in the world today. People have let these emotions get the best of them. It always breaks my heart when I hear all the bad things going on in the world but what has been more heart breaking is when people say “I will not pray for a country X, Y, Z because they used to terrorize my ancestors” or “I will not pray for them being killed or hurt because they didn’t support and pray for me”. I’m sorry to say this, but if you think like this and you’re praying to my God (Jesus Christ) as a Christian, this logic doesn’t work and this is not how he wants us to be. If you disagree and you need me to further explain to you, you can leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll try my best to explain.
I just want to remind everyone that according to my Christian faith, that we all have been called to love despite the challenges of life. Not love when it’s easy and convenient but love when life is hard and difficult because when we are intentional and choose to love, sometimes that intentional unconditional love is the most powerful to bring about a change in the life of another person especially when you support and stand up against an issue that doesn’t directly affect you with no judgement, personal benefit or strings attached. That’s beautiful.
So, please remember that as you navigate through your day. Please don’t be too self-righteous and judgmental. Try to “Forgive” more, “Pray” more and “Love” more.
As St. Francis said, “The measure of God’s love, is to love without measure”.
Loving hearts are the evergreen gardens.
Loving thoughts are the growing roots.
Loving words are the beautiful flowers.
Loving deeds are the sweetest fruits.
Love is Life, which many never find.
Love is the greatest of stars.
For only in darkness, grows hatred and strife.
Only in conflict, grows anarchy and doom.
Let Love brighten your world.
And rid you of all anger and fear.
Love is power, Love is peace.
Love has no boundaries, Love reigns in you.
By Chigozie Ohanele – 2003.