The oppressed and the hated members of civilization have always been around. The oppressors and the haters have also been always a historical fact. They could not exist without each other, could they? A number of religions advocate violence to achieve the Kingdom, some followers are committed to conducting a murderous rampage on earth in attempts to eradicate evil. But, this cannot be God’s plan for humanity. God’s plan for his children is to evolve to a state of enlightenment in which violence is non-existent, where brotherly love and compassion reign, where each man serves his neighbor but no man is a slave.
How dare I say this with authority? Simple. Our God does not contradict God. I know without question that Jesus, the premier endorser of active non-violent protest against a corrupt world system, gathered his disciples, taught love and compassion, healed the sick, cleansed the demon-possessed, and then died on his cross because the message from God to be shared and carried across earth said, “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Jesus was crucified for loving his neighbors and teaching peaceful co-existence. Likewise, we also are exhorted to crucify ourselves, carry our crosses for the benefit of mankind.
But, we also know that Jesus did not die. Jesus, his life and the message, live on eternally because God will not contradict the love and compassion of God by allowing the message to die. Jesus came to us, a desperate and broken humanity, as the example to follow to enlightenment, not just another divinity to be worshipped. Christianity, in its historical commitment to worship and adoration, has sometimes missed the Jesus boat. Jesus is an example for us to emulate, not just an image hanging on the wall to which we bow heads and recite fervent prayers. Jesus on earth was a man of social action giving himself in totality to the needs of the less fortunate and teaching the established religious orders of his day the truth of a loving, compassionate God. Jesus is no less than that today and we, as followers, must live by his Way or die by the ways of a world driven by corruption, oppression, and hatred.