A Picture Says It All
A picture is worth a thousand words.
My concern is not whether God is on our side;
my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation,
and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
Jesus, Matthew 12:25
The picture that tells it all is the picture of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of Apollo 17. Their image of Earth taken 238,000 miles from our home is a revelation to humanity—a blue marble, a luminous pearl hanging in the darkness of space—Our home: without borders and boundaries.
Why do we give such credence to lines we draw on maps, lines no one has ever seen etched on the ground? After seeing our home as it truly is, why do we want to define the line drawn on a map by building a wall? Some want to build the wall to keep people out rather than to create an immigration policy that reflects American values. Our lack of creativity and legislative genius causes us to fall back upon the wall from which we could tumble and be like Humpty Dumpty never to be put together again.
That they all may be one as You,
Father, are in me,and I in You…
Jesus, not long before His death
I believe we must always give credence to our spiritual tendencies. Who are we, and what is our destiny? Currently, we are a house divided against itself; it cannot stand. Let us not hope that God is on our side (an egotistical position to take.), but that we are on God’s side, for the spiritual tendency always prevails. Jesus outlined one aspect of the divine plan when He shared God’s will, oneness. Oneness with Him, oneness with one another and that oneness grounded in a unity of spirit with God.
Is the divine plan nationalism, borders that have roots deep in the earth and rise to where the atmosphere meets space, or is the divine plan the picture taken from the high ground of the moon, earth without borders and boundaries? Isn’t this our future?
Our destiny is not tribalism and nationalism, it is earthism. A globalization in which we are one human family united instead of a house divided and destined for desolation. Surely, earthism is our future, a future that will come to be by extending our hands to our neighbors with the understanding we are one human family.
The picture that says it all is a collaboration of God and humanity. The luminous pearl hanging in space was always there for us to see, it was God’s creation, but it took ingenuity and courage to fly to the moon to take the picture. The crew of Apollo 17 and God formed a team to reveal to the human family our destiny.
Now the same collaboration of the Divine Will and human creativity and courage is required to create an immigration policy that works for all. The core of the policy has two centers: 1). the picture that says it all, the revelation of earthism, and 2). Jesus’ revelation of oneness, oneness with God and oneness with one another.
And may the “picture that says it all” hang in the rooms while trade agreements are negotiated and where peace treaties are formed. May all who do this work remember our spiritual tendencies, Jesus’ call to oneness and His admonition that a house, a nation, a planet divided cannot stand.