25 Dec 2014
There is no shame in thoughts; there is only shame in actions.
This is the time for compassion and understanding. This is the place for forgiveness and acceptance. The battle between good and evil is not a battle between nations, religious or political factions, races or even between individuals. It is a struggle within the hearts and minds of each and every one of us. The battle is fought every single day through our words and deeds.
If ours beliefs lead us to do evil then our beliefs are evil. If our gods cause us to hate others because they are different or believe differently, then our gods are evil. Our gods can take many shapes. We may worship Jesus, Allah, God, Buddha, money, our nation, our political party or any number of other things. If that which is holy to us causes us to hate or harm others then we are on the side of evil. If our beliefs encourage us to dictate who or how others should love, if our beliefs cause us to believe that our path is the only right path and to be judgmental or damning of people who choose other paths then we are the ones who are lost.
If our beliefs cause us to love and forgive then we are on the path of good. If our gods cause us to help those in need and accept those who are different from us then our gods are virtuous. If that which is holy to us causes us to be humble and accept that what is right for one of us may not be right for all of us then good will triumph.
No good every came from evil acts. Good comes from good. In the end what you feel or believe is far less important than what you actually do. There is no shame in thoughts; there is only shame in actions. Do not fear your fears, fear is natural. You may fear those who are different than you or those you don’t understand and still offer them help in their time of need. Triumphing over your fears to do good displays courage, allowing your fears to dictate your behavior displays cowardice.