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Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Piece of Conversation God. Submitted by Steven.

This is the first submission I received to It is from Steve Schalchlin. You can visit his site here.
Steve gave me a little more info on this video in an email. He said it would be fine to quote the email in this post.

Steve says:"
In a nutshell, this song is my statement of what I believe following
God actually means -- or rather what following God doesn't mean, which
is people of faith placing a higher value on an object than on the
human lives. As I say in the video, why is it that when we designate
something "holy," people start dying? Are we to conclude that the more
dead people, the holier the object?

This is my statement of faith because I believe that we are the hand,
feet and eyes of God. That works through us. When we kill someone over
a "holy" object or person or piece of land, we have profaned it.

Yes, this has political implications, but it begins with understanding
how we are to act as actual people of faith. The political results of
Gandhi/King/Jesus principles of relentless non-violence and appealing
to people to sit and talk rather than shout and shoot are only one
aspect. Learning relentless non-violence can be applied in every
corner of your life. Martin Luther King used to refer to "violence of
the tongue" as well as "violence of the fist." So, it's not just about
hitting people, but about applying the love of God with everyone."


Comments on "A Piece of Conversation God. Submitted by Steven."


Anonymous Kent Bye said ... (10:20 PM) : 

I really like the idea of "relentless non-violence" -- and it is a concept that seems to get lost in the imagery of war and violence. Non-violence is so much less interesting for the media to portray and our culture to consume, and it's a gap that needs to be filled with more videos like this. Well done.

I think that it boils down to the Golden Rule, which is something that comes up in every wisdom tradition -- and it's one that I can't wrap my head around when I see people like Pat Robertson on television advocating for war and assassination. The concept of loving your enemy is one that is also lost in our culture -- and I can only think that the political benefit of the "War on XYZ" outweighs these messages of peace and non-violence.

Anyway, this video brings up a lot of thoughts. Thanks for sharing it.


Blogger SteveSchalchlin said ... (11:50 PM) : 

I really like the idea of "relentless non-violence"

It's all just pure King and Gandhi. They proved that the most powerful force on earth is the human conscience. You just have to remind people that they have one.


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