So what is The Battle Axe of the Heart?
It is the wonder of meaning-centered transcendence.
Awaking to the awareness that all humans have inherent value, that everyone is of worth, that human rights and justice and truth are real.
The wonder that we conflicted and ethically mixed-up humans with our 7 Bad B's, can find hope.
I used to greatly admire the famous evangelist Billy Graham of the Christian religion because he emphasized the inherent worth of every single human being.I didn't agree with some of Graham's social views in the 1950's, but Graham grew in his understanding of what the love of God meant for social and political situations. And thank God for his witness for integration and racial equality
Graham strongly insisted on the equality of all people even during the 1950's during Segregation in the U.S. Furthermore, when other religious leaders were supporting Apartheid in South Africa, he stood up strongly against that racism, too.
And he was willing to dialog with every one, including humans totally opposed to his views, even dictators such as the leaders of the Soviet Union.
In many of his famous speeches, Graham stated, "God loves you. You may be at the very gate of hell itself, but God loves you with an everlasting love."
He often quoted the good news verse of the Bible:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 NKJV
Of course the huge irony and tragedy now is that while Graham still walks such a talk, his huge religious organization denies his central message!
The leaders promote the exact opposite of what Graham preached for many years. According to the BGA, God only loves a limited number of humans; their leaders say Jesus came for only a "limited atonement"!
Eliminate such horrific theology.
Cut it down with the heart of kindness toward all.
If you remember (and especially if you don't;-), last time, we discussed the fixated tendency of religious humans to treat women as things, one bad action of the Seven Bad B's.
Destroy sexism and abuse with the "battle axe of the heart."
What about the other Bad B's--brawn, brains, and belief?
How we men use their best--their best mind, best skills, best physical strength, best values--to commit the worst acts of war and other injustices.
For now, let's just say no, NO to 'unjust' wars and even 'just' wars.
Cut them down with the axe of compassion!
What country has ever gone to war that didn't think its own cause was 'just'?
Instead, let us commit to the Lamb's War where Christ's love is the only armament--
The ARMS OF HUGGING!
The "mouthed-sword" of the Good News the only weapon--
Sharing, giving, empathizing, helping, caring!
The battle axe of the heart--
That is the only destroying agent!
It seeks to destroy wrong-doing, selfishness, abuse, injustice and war.
By witnessing to the heart of ever person.
But what about police? What about defense?
Like Quakers of old in the government in Pennsylvania, I would separate the atrocity of war from the defensive and protective action of policing.
Good police officers (which on occasion include soldiers who are assigned to peacekeeping, not invasion killing) focus on protecting not attacking.
For instance, I knew an officer who worked in one of the major cities of the United States who in many years of law enforcement only needed to draw his gun several times!
Instead, in most criminal situations, he used commanding authority, persuasion, and non-lethal force to stop criminal actions and to protect the innocent.
In the Light,