Jew & Gentile

Whether Jew or Gentile there’s a oneness to humanity.  When discussion is centered on world faiths certain features predominate.  They attest to the need for development of the individual regardless of his race, creed or national origin.  There’s focus on freedoms that ought to be guaranteed to all men and women.  Then, there’s emphasis on the nurturing of families.  It’s necessary to have responsible families that are fed and housed, and whose civil rights are protected, so that they can live to their fullest God-given potential.  Moreover, it’s recognized that there should be widespread participation at every level of society.

In the developed and developing world some national leaders are concerned about the impact of science and technology on their cultures.  Jean Arp (1868–1966), a German-French sculptor, painter, and poet observed, “Soon, silence will have passed into legend.  Man has turned his back on silence.  Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, and meditation.”  Arp saw this essence as important for the growth and development of life.  But are we losing the battle to noise in our daily life?

A Country’s Development

Some national analysts look at certain aspects to determine a country’s level of development.  They generally examine their “human capital,” social capital, culture, social integration, and community well-being.  Mattie Stephanek (1990–2004) a poet, peace advocate and motivational speaker said, “Unity is strength … when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”   What must be gathered from Stephanek’s vision was that citizens of a country have to pull together to be successful in nation building.  Amazing things can be accomplished if they do this under the banner of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The benefits to drive this are unity in diversity.  Every citizen must be viewed as a brother and sister in Christ.  Christian living becomes noticeable in the States.  There will be equity and justice for groups living within a nation’s borders.  It’s hoped voters see politicians as morally responsible individuals.

A Christian Underpinning

The press will be free, and there will be independent investigations by journalists.  The standards of the people will be high.  James E. Faust (1920–2007), a religious leader, lawyer, and politician wrote, “The overwhelming message of the Atonement is the perfect love the Savior has for each and all of us.  It is a love which is full of mercy, patience, grace, equity, long-suffering, and, above all, forgiving.”

Faust’s words mean a great deal in cultures with their underlying religion in the Christian faith.  Leaders and citizens show respect for one another.  They know their service is in the national interest and responsibility.  Still, every person has to make his own decision about living a God-fearing life.  It’s a commitment which only comes through the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This is the goal all Christians must seek.  Their rewards are great, for they will be blessed by God for their faithfulness.

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