In honor of this International day of Peace, I want to make a call for peace AND quiet! Have you noticed how the expression “peace and quiet” go together so well in the English language? Well I have, and especially in light of the turmoil in the Middle East, following the brouhaha over the despicable and amateur video called “Innocence of Muslims.” Yes, the video itself, along with the horrific attacks that followed is indeed a reprehensible act committed by a small group of sad and pathetic people who do disservice to any believer of any religion. And yes, people and organizations like that should be condemned and not given the opportunity to flourish. However, is it not also true that every single time the media brings attention to this venomous piece of video garbage it is inadvertently giving it more airtime and exposure? And so, instead of appealing to everybody who agrees or disagrees with me to shout at the top of their lungs or their computers and ipads, I am appealing for a bit of quiet. I am asking all the pundits and experts and those in the know to take a deep breath, and think quietly about what it is they can do for peace…not because an amateur video riled up a misguided bunch to do horrific things, but because peace is needed for the millions who are suffering quietly around the world. There are times that call for making noise and other times for a bit of peace and quiet. Peace doesn’t necessarily follow the end of a pithy sound bite uttered by the latest newsmaker, but maybe a few bits of peace will follow a few moments of quiet reflection…including praying for those innocent individuals who keep losing their lives in the turmoil of our technologically connected, yet spiritually disconnected world.
With thanks to Jeffrey Moses, author of “Oneness”
Putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25 KJV)
Speak ye every man truth to his neighbor; execute the judgement of truth and peace in your gates. (Zechariah 8:16 KJV)
Do not clothe the truth with falsehood; do not knowingly conceal the truth. (Qur’an 2:39)