At this time, when we see in the media, reports of a policeman killing a young black male in what looks like a senseless attack, it is hard to make sense of any of it. There are also a number of unhelpful opinions from evangelicals quoting the wrath of God and perhaps darker more racial themes which have not been fully aired yet.
What is even more difficult to get, is how this killing relates to a slave trade abolished 200 years ago. Protests in the UK have resulted in a statue being thrown into the river and others around the UK are likely to be removed in an attempt to lower controversy.
If we view our fellow man with a prejudged label of being black, white, yellow, gay or straight, (remember Matthew Shepard? How soon we forgot him) we are doing nothing more than drawing a perception, laying a frame around the person and hanging them on the wall like an unchanging portrait – then of course we expect that person to obey certain stereotypes – in other words, we invent the mental image of the person before us then we decide to dislike him because of the measurement of the perceived label against our own moral standards or preconceptions of how the labelled being should behave. Its a form of mortal slavery which reduces humanity down and places ourselves as a god and executioner in a world without any regulation on our thoughts towards the other person. “I don´t like that portrait anymore – I think I will change it”
Sadly in this case, George Floyd was labelled mentally, prejudged and then killed. The judge jury and executioner being nothing more than a completely wrong opinion about who or what George was or about himself, believing perhaps that he (the killer) was able to snuff out another person´s life. The scary part is that it could happen to any of us, depending on what choice of label other people put on us or worse, what label we entertain about others or ourselves.
Perhaps this is a good time to remember Jesus – in mainstream Christianity he was or is the son of God. In metaphysics he was the “way shower” and someone who demonstrated that we are all “infinite being”, far bigger than our human bodies. To understand Him more we need to separate Jesus the man, born like the rest of us and the Christ, the message he brought and carried. His legacy included raising the dead, healing the sick and defining himself as Spiritual rather than mortal. As a result, the same opinion which killed George also killed Jesus, the Romans labelled him “king of the Jews” and nailed him to a tree, believing they were able to “kill”. His body died and he demonstrated the Great Infinity of Being by “coming back from the dead” or simply demonstrating that death is another false belief. Today, the opinion about who he was still rages across humanity, each religious group anxious to give him a label, either to discredit him or to Love him and still he defies every label given, for he fits into none. Jesus was misunderstood then and surely not a lot has changed. There is a lesson in this for those who can see it.
Some people say that because his mother Mary had an idea of Spirituality, she caught a glimpse of a metaphysical idea and brought it into her view. In some ways this is reflected in Catholic doctrine calling her “the Immaculate Conception” implying that she was the one with pure vision and eventually ascended to “Heaven” in the same way Jesus did. Ironically many people think that the Immaculate conception was Jesus as he too was born without sin.
The belief in our own minds that we are the judge, jury and god in any situation goes no higher than the ceiling of the room we are in. It is a false opinion about who we are and what life we are living. That is why our prayers do not get answered and that is why we live in a world full of diseases, sickness and death. To sit quietly for a few moments every day meditating on phrases like “I and my Father are One” help us to get into the mindset of Jesus, Spiritual, Whole and Pure and to displace the loud arguments stating otherwise, around us.
In my own life, I have been the victim of many labels, some self imposed, others that people have felt the need to place on me along with the results of those conditions appearing physically. Locally in South west Scotland some people have a preoccupation with Catholicism and that remains the number one question when you meet someone for the first time or visit a Church – “Are you or were you Catholic”. I suppose that is one of the least harmful labels compared to others people could use to try and bring down my opinion of myself and others. But sadly those opinions about Catholicism have also killed, in Northern Ireland for example.
“Buddha said “with our thoughts we make the world” and the Bible has a lot to say on this including “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
Lets drop the labels and preconceptions – you might be surprised at the results. If the death of George can teach us something – it is to stop us mentally making an identity and expecting others to live up or down to it.
Finally, the CS material organisation should not remain silent on issues like these:
- It´s track record on LGBT rights, highlighted by employee court cases in recent times is awful.
- CS Practitioners often may refuse to treat LGBT people if they wish
- The Church refuses to take any theological stand on LGBT issues, meaning that discrimination still takes place as no official policy exists. Silence kills.
- It´s permitted historical articles on the “healing” of homosexuality.
- Robert Peel´s biographical trilogy of Mary Baker Eddy makes reference to her support of the Anglo Israeli Movement. A group which supports the idea that British and American people (white people) are a remnant of the 10 tribes of Israel and favored by God. I have encountered at least one Practitioner who still carries forward this view.