This week Jerusalem is in all the news. You would think it would be because it is the Christmas Season. But no, that’s not the reason at all. Once again people are fighting and killing because of a piece of real estate.
Grant you, it is a very historically significant parcel of land, but still just a parcel of land. Is it really worth killing your brothers over? I think not.
There are many things tradition tells us about Jerusalem. In this city is where Jesus walked, was crucified and rose. In this city is where Abraham made his offering of Ishmael and the Prophet Mohammed made his heavenward ascent. In this city is where the Assumption of Mary took place.
In Jerusalem are historic sites sacred to the 3 major religions of the world: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. These 3 great religions had their beginning here in Jerusalem. How did they all become so different when they all had the same beginning?
Now Israel is claiming Jerusalem as their capital, Palestine is claiming it as their capital and the Christian countries are siding with Israel. Why? Like I said earlier, it is just after all a piece of real estate. Sure there is a lot of history but still no more important than any other place.
Thinking about all that is happening throughout the HOLY LANDS, my attention was drawn to a quote on my calendar for the month of December.
Goes like this:
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” by: Roy L. Smith
Change just a few words and we have another truth to ponder:
“He who has not GOD in his heart will never find Him in any city.”
I would love to visit Jerusalem and all the surrounding countries. To see and experience all the places I have read about in history books and the Bible would be awesome. I also know that I will not find God there in any buildings or relics. I can stand in awe and feel the lingering vibrations of past events but I can only find God by looking within.
I have this thought, I think a good one. What if we could just make Jerusalem a city of the world instead of a particular country? Have no one particular country or religion in control. Maybe have it governed by a panel of non-religious types that would keep it safe for tourists of all faiths and no faiths. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
I think it could be done. After all is that not the way Israel was established after World War II? The Vatican is a country within the city of Rome. Or how about a city-state like Monaco? There is a precedent for such an action. Why couldn’t the UN do something like this? I know all you legal types can give reasons why it couldn’t be done but all peaceful advances in the world start with a dream, someone asking; why not? Sure would cut down on a lot of the violence going on now. Something to consider.
Until next time,