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I Come In Peace

Updated on January 9, 2016
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Brian Gray obtained his degree in Language from Lee University and has been a published author and professional writer since 1985.

Rose Hamid, a Muslim woman, stands silently in protest against the hate rhetoric of Donald Trump.
Rose Hamid, a Muslim woman, stands silently in protest against the hate rhetoric of Donald Trump.

A Single Candle Lit Against The Darkness

On Friday, January 8, 2016, a single woman stood up for peace, and a small candle of hope was lit in a darkened room. The forces of evil will always be with us, and the daily battle for good to triumph has been waged since the beginning of time, yet somehow, when evil men appear on the scene with their plans to turn the world upside down, there come those gentle people who, with sufficient time and self-sacrifice, manage to turn it back right side up. Often, their spiritual actions are not without having to endure pain, loss and suffering, but despite it all, one by one those candles of hope are lit, and those defiant acts of moral courage add together to become the light of peace that can bring us all back from the brink of total destruction. I watched in admiration as this gentle Muslim woman, Rose Hamid, stood silently in protest at a Donald Trump political rally, standing there wearing traditional religious Muslim attire, with a phrase written across her chest that said, “I Come In Peace.” She was escorted out by police, and the crowd around her showed gross inhumanity, violent lack of compassion and the lowest levels of contempt. I thought of Christ and His message of universal love, dragging His cross through the streets of Jerusalem as people showed that same level of contempt. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Turning People Against One Another For Political Gain

I have been watching the current political race for the highest office in our land, the presidency, and I have listened as politicians sell their souls for the chance to have their hands on power. Someone once said that power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Former congressman Tip O’Neil once said that politicians are whores for votes. Sadly, many people who watch these stage shows are not educated enough, have not studied history enough, have not genuinely studied the facts enough, to see through the smoke and mirrors games these clever foxes utilize in order to attain their self-serving goals. If one were to simply study the history of the rise of Adolph Hitler, a person who led the entire world into chaos and death, a single megalomaniac who brought more costly destruction than the worst pestilence and plague in history, one would see that the same tactics Hitler used to turn people into opposing sides is being used today. In ways, this is the strategy of divide and conquer. If you cannot win the entire nation, create two opposing sides and turn them against the other. Arm the side that is for you, demonize the side that is against you, and once you have gained power, begin to systematically rob, plunder and murder the opposing side. Hitler found that “opposing” side by making the Jews the scapegoats for all of Germany’s problems, and it was not long after he succeeded in this that his rise to complete power meant that he could mete out death and destruction with no one to challenge him. By then, it was too late to stand up at a political rally and peacefully remind the rest of those in attendance that there were still those alive who had a conscience, that there were still those alive who sought peace instead of war, and that there were still those who come in peace.

We Are One People

The theme of isolationism is the first tool in the playbook of power mongers. Instead of universal brotherhood, it becomes “us” versus “them.” We are instructed by these people that they know who our enemies are, and they will teach us how to identify our enemies...and they will also tell us what to do with our “enemies.” And if we listen long enough, we will come to believe that we indeed do have enemies, that this “leader” is correct, that we must act according to his dictates to save ourselves from the “menace.” Hitler is reborn again every time this occurs. But whether we like it or not, whether we understand it or not, the world is no longer multiple foreign nations divided by time and space that keep us forever apart. Rather, it is one large, inter-connected civilization composed of children all created by the same God. You drive a car made by one of His children in Japan, drink coffee that was picked by one of His children in Brazil, wear shoes that were made by one of His children in Italy, clothes made by one of His children in India, talk on your cell phone which was invented by one of His children in the United States and assembled by one of His children in China. There is a universal connection to all of us, we are not alone, and those who preach isolationism take us in the wrong direction, a direction that is both away from God’s intent and toward self-destruction. There IS an alternative to war and bloodshed.

As Dr. Martin Luther King wisely said, “I do not wish to minimize the complexity of the problems to be faced in achieving disarmament and peace. But we shall not have the courage, the insight, to deal with such matters unless we are prepared to undergo a mental and spiritual change. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. We must love peace and sacrifice for it. We must fix our visions not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but upon the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, far superior to the discords of war “

Live Together As Brothers, Or Die Together As Fools

As I watched the footage of this brave, humble and spiritual woman taking a stand for peace, I had problems with the reaction of those around her. Here’s why. Most of those sitting there undoubtedly identify with Christianity. Sadly, they are nominal Christians, because they apparently checked their beliefs in Jesus at the door. Despicable and blatant acts of hatred and scorn were displayed for all to see. “I Come In Peace,” the message written on her clothing, had no effect on their unbridled demonstrations of contempt. I did not see Jesus anywhere in the audience. And only a few days ago, these same people were singing Christmas carols in their churches, doubtlessly congratulating themselves on their religiosity while singing “peace on earth, goodwill toward all men.” As Dr. King correctly stated, “If we don't have good will toward men in this world, we will destroy ourselves by the misuse of our own instruments and our own power. Now let me suggest first that if we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world. Now the judgment of God is upon us, and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools.”

Are We Tools For Peace, Or Are We Tools For War?

What human being on this planet is not a human being? What human being on this planet does not operate by having blood coursing through their veins? By breathing air? By eating to survive? By resting to live well? What human being has never known love for someone? Are we all really that different? If we are cut, do we not bleed? If we starve, do we not die? And if we hate, do we not in some way destroy the image that God made us to be? Is not the entire planet populated by an inescapable network of humanity that wears the same clothing designed by Our Creator? And if we teach hate, what do we reap? No matter what the false promise, are not the seeds of hate the guarantee of a harvest of sorrow? Good does not come from evil. It only comes from sowing good, from planting the seeds of hope, compassion, togetherness, unity and love.

Hitler said that everything he did for Germany was for peace and prosperity. He claimed that the seeds he sold would bring a harvest of abundance for all who followed his plans. Whether it is whispered as an aside that is meant only for the ears of the members of a private club, or it is trumpeted from the grandstands of some politicians campaign for the office of President of the United States, hate is hate, and the end result is destruction and loss. There is NO hope in hate. One single woman stood up to be counted for peace, and she was reviled by those who had already swallowed the elixir being served by the silver-tongued orator of hate and division. Believing a lie, rather than researching the truth, following the course that leads to war, rather than seeking the course that leads to peace, they are beating their plowshares into swords, their pruning hooks into spears. So soon after Christmas, so soon after celebrating the birth of the One Who Came in Peace, and it seems that His message has been lost on those who claim to follow Him. Are we still paralyzed by centuries of prejudice? Have we forgotten the toll of the great wars? Have we truly never fully understood the meaning of the words “human dignity?” Is human worth only allotted to those who belong to a special club, the membership details declared to us by the leaders now running for President? Do they determine who we hate? Do they tell us who is not worthy of compassion? And while they will gladly sacrifice us to defend their castles, when have we EVER seen these self-appointed “leaders” following the great commandment of Jesus Christ, that being to love our neighbors as we love ourselves? Where is their message of peace on earth, good will toward ALL mankind?

The message we ALL need to start sharing is simple - “I Come In Peace.”

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      Brian Gray 18 months ago from Pennsylvania

      celafoe,

      I have friends who are Muslim, have known them for many years, and we enjoy each other in peace, love and unity regardless of the fact that we are from different religions. Are there Muslims who have perverted the religion of Islam and teach hate? Yes. Are their Christians who have perverted the religion of Christianity and teach hate? Yes. Does that mean that all of the rest of us have to follow their path? No! Regardless of your religion, you can strive for peace instead of war. The choice is yours, but I suggest you make more friends than enemies by actually getting to know people who are different from yourself.

      Brian

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      charlie 18 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      WHAT A BUNCH OF GARBAGE. It is clear you have no comprehension of what they and what the evil book of satan, the koran directs its followers to do.

      THEY ARE ALL LIARS, IF THEY ARE MUSLIMES THEY FOLLOW THE KORAN AND IT does not allow them TO COME IN PEACE

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      Brian Gray 22 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Olow,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I hope you will become one of the candles in this dark world to shine the light of love and compassion to all.

      Brian

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      Olow 22 months ago

      I am astounded by your compassion, knowledge and your courage to tell nothing but the truth. Hanavee, you can not fight alone with today's media (CNN, Fox, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, VOA, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and the likes) that found a perfect and a long lasting method to keep American people in a state of fear. All of a sudden, religion, particularly Islam, became the perfect poison they were looking for sometime to feed the American people.

      The way this women was treated says a lot about the present day of America. What these people didn't know was that Muslim nations across the globe has helped the Western, particularly America, politically and financially to win the Cold War. They severed ties with any communist nation that supported WARSAW Pact. I am not surprised that we don't know because most of the Americans like those that showed up at Donald Trump rally buy the lies and the garbage the above channels feed them.

      The question is where did this hatred toward Muslims that these channels spew day and night come from? As weird as it may seem, America can not live without having an enemy. Does that shock you? That is why the peace that we are looking for will never come. We can blame Muslims, Christianity, Judaism or what have you but nothing will change as long as the big factories that produce war machines that kill humans are in full gear. As long as they produce profits at the expense of our children who are dying for a cause they don't understand.

      Our nation is always shopping for a new enemy. Without going into details, just think, if there is peace, where will you take those close to one million American soldiers who are scattered around the globe? Our government is afraid of revolution if these soldiers all of a sudden come back home. So we have to create an enemy and the world is not becoming a better place to live anymore .

      Hanavee, we need an army of scholars like you who are devoted to help and educate mankind. We, Americans are blind-folded on what is happening beyond our border. We, Americans are to blame for most of the suffering around the world. Why is this happening when we are the most generous people on the planet? Something is wrong here and I will leave that to Mr Hanavee because he is more educated than all of us. Education is not only having a piece of paper from a college or a university but having the wisdom to see beyond the obvious. We need to show passion and love to our neighbours. Hanavee keep doing what you are doing. No question that you have inspired a lot of people. Thank you.

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      Brian Gray 22 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Jodah,

      Thank you for reading my latest article and for those sage comments. We all have to work together to make this world a better place, a world of greater peace and unity. All religions teach love, and those who pervert those teachings for their own personal gain are the very ones we need to guard against...not the religions they claim to represent, because we all know that they do NOT represent any true religion when they go so far afield. You are very right to say that ISIS does not represent Islam, and just as the Crusaders gave Christianity a bad name by corrupting the message of Jesus Christ, true Christians, true Muslims, true Buddhists, true Jews and all the followers of other respective faiths, all know that love, not war, is the answer.

      Brian

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Brian this is a profound article, almost like the "sermon on the mount" for today. It seems as though there is an evil force at work trying to divide us, seeking to make us fear anyone different. Instead of loving our neighbor. I have not been up with the news so I was not aware of the Rose Hamid incident, but it sounds like she was a brave woman trying to take a stand for peace against hatred.

      If Donald Trump is indicative of what America stands for a God help us. My own country has seen its own share of anti-Muslim sentiment recently due to ISIS related events, even though they are radical terrorists who do not represent any religion..Muslim or otherwise. All religion teaches peace and love as their main objectives, anyone who strays from this is deluded.

      Evil dictators like Hitler only come to power by preying on the insecurities and fear of the people and before you know it it is too late. People were no more gullible in Germany during the Nazi reign than they are now. Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing (although the only thing sheepish about Trump is his hair). Everyone needs to read and heed this article Brian. Thank you.

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      Brian Gray 22 months ago from Pennsylvania

      fpherj48,

      Thank you for reading my latest article, and I appreciate the help in spreading the word that we need to work on bringing our country back from the brink of self-destruction. We either work toward peace, or we work toward war, there is no middle ground, and all of us have to ask ourselves how we are contributing to world peace. Thank you for being involved.

      Brian

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      Brian Gray 22 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Always Exploring,

      Thank you for reading my latest article, and I hope that you share it with others. If enough of us stand up to be counted for peace and unity, we can change the course of history before it is repeated in the wrong way.

      Brian

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Brian.....I see this incident with the young Muslim woman as quite heartbreaking as well. I have not been privy to many news reports lately, TV, radio or even online, because I had been spending time with my grandchildren.

      Now I am trying to catch up on what I may have missed. I expect only more of the same but I have a need to keep myself informed.

      Please understand I am not particularly in Trump's corner by any stretch, but I don't blame him fully for the atmosphere of bigotry & racism. He's obviously been very vocal about (specifically) illegal Mexicans & Muslim refugees, but the general consensus & attitude of Americans have welcomed his opinions and rallied round him.

      Why is this? IMHO it's fear-based. and as we have learned, fear stems from ignorance.

      You have written a powerful, educational hub. I will be sharing this on twitter & pinterest. Thank you. Peace, Paula

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      How can people be so blind? Donald Trump scares me. His tactics are dangerous, yet his following is growing stronger. I hope more people read your hub. It is an eye-opener.

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      Brian Gray 22 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Randy,

      Thank you for reading my latest. I was very moved by Rose Hamid's simple gesture, which had to be difficult considering she was standing in the proverbial lion's den. It's easy to take a stand when you are surrounded by sympathetic people, but it takes real courage and conviction to do the same thing in a room full of emotional hate mongers. I applaud her stand for peace. Glad you enjoyed reading this one.

      Best to you,

      Brian

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      Randy 22 months ago

      Dear Brian,

      Brilliant and profound sermon on the heart of humanity.

      God Bless You!