On this anniversary of the violent attack on the US capital, I thought perhaps this poem is a good one to reflect on as we think about the motivation behind it all. It a time when the country is divided politically and philosophically, it all boils down to who is right! When one is convinced, he/she is right anything can and will happen. We never seem to learn from history. Religion and Politics have both lost their way time and time again.
This poem is written from a semi-theological point of view but crosses over into all aspects of being right.
The Atrocities of Being Right
Who decides what is right or wrong?
This question is decided before we’re born
So, who is really right and who is all wrong?
Really depends on where you’re born
In India, in Iran, in China or Japan
Truth there is dealt a different hand
So sad the atrocities that have been done
Killing and maiming and burning the one
Who might disagree with our chosen one
How many buildings must we burn
Or suicide bombers take their turn
Is life not important?
Have we no regard?
As long as we’re right killing is not hard
All is done in the name of our cause
Blessings on us and curses abroad
What atrocities we’ve exacted
On the brotherhood of man
Torture, stoning, and fire, is our plan
With bombs and guns and deadly airplanes
All because “WE” have the “truth”
We forget that in the heart of every man
Love crosses every span
Love can bridge the gulf of war
Of bombs, of hate and so much more
Ironic that in every Book
Loving your neighbor is what it took
To change the world, it takes God’s love
Overcoming hate comes from above
Stop the atrocities // demanding our rights
The truth of God’s Love is what brings Light
Race, Religion, Politics, and Creed
Will one day disappear
Only God’s love will still be there
So believe what you choose, and be happy in it
But don’t demand that all must fit in it
Your perception of right or wrong
Will one day soon be gone
Only Love remains!
I Corinthians 13
Dwight L. Roth 12-2014
Painting; Dwight L. Roth
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