Break down walls of bigotry with Love, by Ingrid Peachke

In the tumultuous clime of the world today, Ingrid Peschke, a colleague and a syndicated writer, who focuses on consciousness, spirituality and health, gives us much food for thought in this heart-felt article.  She shares her spiritual view point and statements from others on how Love can conquer hate and bigotry.  Ingrid acknowledges how through prayer (a deep connection to God) and study of the Bible, she has seen and experienced a divine Love that heals all of our wounds both mentally and physically. Join me and read this stimulating article on how truly loving our fellow man can bring peace!

When former inmate and skinhead gang member Michael Kent was assigned to an African-American probation officer, his life took an unexpected turn. His new officer didn’t judge him, but she encouraged him to surround himself with positive symbols, not hateful ones. “If she believes in the good in people, I know I can, too,” he said in an interview with ABC News. He now refers to her as “family,” and he has taken down the Nazi flag that hung in his living room. He’s also covered up the swastika tattoo that had been on his chest for more than 20 years.

I’d like to think his probation officer expressed the spirit of love that the Apostle Paul spoke of when he addressed the Romans, who were longtime persecutors of Christ Jesus’ followers. “Don’t just pretend to love others,” he said. “Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (Romans 12:9, 10, New Living Translation).

Paul’s words echo Jesus’ statement: “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you” (John 15:12, NLT). To illustrate this idea, Jesus tells a story highlighting the kindness of a humble Samaritan who helped a Jew in great need, despite hundreds of years of hatred and intolerance between the Jews and Samaritans. He challenged his audience then – and now – to break down those walls of hostility and to love the very person we’ve been taught to hate.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org