I want to get back to the basics for those who truly want to make a difference in our world today. All we have to do is turn on the news, watch current television, or Facebook to know that there is a need to go back to the basics of what Jesus taught his disciples. People are crying out for change, but they don’t truly believe that it’s possible. It’s as if the whole world is going to “hell in a hand basket” and no one is willing to stand up alone to make a change. In truth, one person can’t make a significant difference, when many stand together it is possible. I can’t count how many times I see on my Facebook news feed how people in America truly want to go back to the truth of “One Nation Under God.” People want to be able to believe and worship God in their own unique way. People came to America so they would be able to escape the restrictions of worship that had been placed on them by the “Old World”. They wanted a place to be able to worship as they were led without fear of reprisal.
One of my favorite authors, Mercedes Lackey, has created a world where there is a country called “Valdemar,” where the main motto or belief is that there is “No One True Way.” It is a country that celebrates freedom with responsibility. That everyone does their own part to make it better. Valdemar is not land, it is an ideal that is held by its people. This quote from “Brightly Burning” (Valdemar #8) says it best, “There’s no such thing as ‘one, true way’; the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good – they’re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren’t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race.”
America has people from every culture, race, creed, and sexual orientation in order to live together in peace and harmony we need to be tolerant of our differences and respect one others’ personal faith choices. Learn the depths of love and understanding, and take the time to learn from each other. Our goal should be to let our lives and actions testify to the worth and effect of our personal faith, and celebrate the differences; let differences enhance our own experience of the Divine.
I pray that one day our great nation will become more like Valdemar.