In context of the Brussels attack today, as well as the immigration conduit leading to the continuing onslaught of terrorism, I hurt. I am torn and bewildered. The problem, as I see it, is how to separate the actual terrorists from those fleeing terrorism. We have all seen the images, the Facebook memes condemning those escaping the carnage in their homeland. Some in the media (and out) would have us believe all these ravaged people are really terrorist. Every. One. Of. Them. It seems impossible.
While I am naive, I am not so naive as to accept that belief. I realize there are many immigrants who are really terrorist using fear to spread their hate. I do believe that. But how does one, anyone, determine that eighteen year old young man clutching a starving child is truly what we fear? How do we separate the wheat from the tares?
I do not like waxing religious. I have traveled that path. I have been (and still am to some degree) an apologist for my own faith. That is my choice. That said, I have learned one thing that answers this conundrum for me.
It comes from the Book of Mormon. Many of you may not accept that tome as scripture (I do), but please go along with me on this for a moment. It does not matter if the Bok of Mormon is scripture or not in the context I am writing about. It does not matter if one is Christian or not. What matters is what happened. I am considering a single resolution, taught in the Book of Mormon that I see as the only thing that will solve this Gordian Knot.
In the Book of Mormon, there is a prophet called Alma. He was the chief judge of the nation to which he belonged. He could not control what his society was doing to themselves. No laws seemed to work as all laws were being ignored (sound familiar?). The people were so consumed in pride, in their avarice, they were destroying themselves. Hatred seemed to rule.
So Alma took a drastic step. He resigned his position of leadership and took to the field to preach Christ. You can read about it here.
Again, I do not like to preach. And I accept the posit that religion, any religion or none for that matter, is not needed for a person to be good. I agree with that. But I long for the place where there are no laws because no laws are needed. I see Christ as the only answer, the only response. Or at least, Christ like behavior.
Yet, in a world past feeling, I know I will never see that in my life.