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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; On Social Unrest

Updated on August 3, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Not everything is just peachy.
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Choices

It is possible that social unrest is just how it should be. Social unrest tells us that we are not resting but rather active. A democracy requires unrest. We must be vigilante and not idle. There is a wonderful term; “Do not rest on your laurels”. Social is also a great term meaning interaction between two or more.

You got it! And we say “whenever two or more of you are gathered in his name and there is love.” And then we look to Jesus again and he gets downright real angry at his disciples when he asked them to stay vigilant yet they slept. And of course there is a wonderful verse on “Stir it up”.

Just shift over to our Gandhi and down to our Mandela and lest we forget our friend in love King and our dearly new departed Lewis. Of course we find the American Civil War or the Revolutionary War. Just think of our original Martin Luther. And of course the deaths of the disciples throughout half a century.

Social unrest is a cornerstone of all great social endeavors. Violence is an unnecessary act. Social unrest can be done peaceably thank you very much King, Mandela and Ghandhi. How do people proclaim their faith and get lead off to slaughter when they simply could have denied their belief? We are told of the story of Peter denying he was a Christian 3 times before sun up. That story is key to democracy.

Messy

Much social unrest and revolution is garbage. Make no mistake there are issues.

If today you are complacent and easy does it, good for you. That would be, in these times, unrest. Harder to proclaim life is working out than “I hate you”. I hate you is no longer social unrest. Maybe violence to prove a point but becoming the norm and so boring. Violence and hurt is now acceptable. Perhaps that social unrest is good. Should we say that when a certain group pays another group to be violent against a system that is social unrest? Perhaps it is just about the money or to vent.

I must admit that I do not like to see .0001% of our people being hurt by social unrest. I also do not like it being 89.120% of our news cycle. I am not the messenger with a bent except for love.

This Land Was Made For You and Me!

A Lonely Road?

Long was to go.
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Deny Convictions?

Life is not good. Life is great. Social unrest needs to be calibrated. “Something” is wrong. Life is not wrong. My social interaction with you is fantastic even if we yell, the alternative stinks. Boredom can set in. A type of normal depression. A “who cares” attitude. Yet that .0001% keeps issues on tables in kitchens around the world. Good on them. Last I heard was that there were over 50,000 protestors of some sort in my country of 350 million. Let me check the numbers and then divide by “peaceful” and come up with the .0001%. Now why do I check ten news sources and get 100% of them focusing on 0001% of the peoples? And why is it that in my community I do not see a single notion of this social unrest? I get around and for sure there are 200,000 that are at peace with their brothers and sisters.

OK my neighbor’s live Mariachi band until 2 am tested that peace but in fact the music was outstanding. You see an issue might be a problem but life is not the problem. If someone’s life is miserable or hate filled, they do not need social unrest, they need help and rest. I do not know how true but I here there are people “deranged” because of one social issue or person. Those people need help and rest, not unrest.

Way of Life

Love is a way of life. We must strive to be “in” love. Hate and anger are a way of death we must strive to be “out” of hate and anger. How can you possibly want a better life for you and yours through hate and anger? Be settled in yourself and consume love and peace and then let unrest kick in. Unrest caused by a derangement is simply sad and hateful.

Sometimes life is not all that disquieting and complicated. Show me a protestor who does not want peace and I will show you a problem. Show me a protestor that wants peace and I will show you a solution.

Peter after denying Christ 3 times was later killed/murdered because he would not deny his faith. Once he took a sword and cut off the ear of a soldier. He was chastised severely by his Lord. Social unrest is only valuable when done in love and peace. Otherwise it is merely more unrest and foments even more and more and so on.

March With Us

Peaceful March for Nature.
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A Black Man Lifts Us Up

Shed His Grace

Now back before AD there was a fine thinker that wrote a book called Plato’s Republic he was in fact the founder of “modern” civil disobedience. He gave us choices when we felt civil unrest. Stay and fight. Fight, lose accept punishment. Leave. Do nothing was basically not an option when injustice was occurring.

Violence? Sure, why not? From young boy to manhood I accepted violence as the clear conclusion of injustice. You fought and you got whooped and the next day you fought again. Now keep in mind that I was young and that things like corporal punishment were still acceptable punishments in school. Bad language would get you in as much trouble as fighting in the school yard.

Now in the area of law there are two rules that are kind of still there today. One is an admission and the other fighting words. A silent admission is when someone says something so wrong about you that the normal man would take action against it. Fighting words are such words that would make your blood boil to a point of justifiable violence. Each man and each circumstance is different. When I was young calling a person an SOB was literally calling your mom a Bi---. Were you weak to walk away? Were you justified in fighting over it and losing be darned.

Now into all this mix on the western side of the world is Jesus. No thank you please. Turn your cheek 7 time 70 and love your enemy. As an elder man I practice both. Oh I can squash my little social unrests and would march if the deal was really about systemic injustice. But I cannot and will not accept violence as a notion of propriety in my wonderful society. Injustice is the exception here and respect the rule. Civil unrest due to the actions of bad people is as useless as the nipples on a man.

Love just overcomes this. There is no unrest in love. We are to love our enemy and respect their divergent points of view. Again, horribleness is the exception and not the rule. To fight against individual horrible is to confront directly the wrong doer, not his neighbor which is senseless through all of the above.

I think they had flaws. I think they had bad habits. But I think Mandela, Gandhi and King had it right. Pounding away, time after time, beating after beating, jail after jail is the ticket against civil unrest from both sides. “Unrest”. I knew it when I was younger. Today I see, .001 percent fighting against .001 percent.

In general love wins out. 99.99% of people live in harmony. OK maybe my love numbers are wrong. Maybe only about 89% love each other. That does not cause mean civil unrest.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill, I saw your name and went back to thinking I traveled through your countryside for what my gal friend said was the lowest point in New England.

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      William Kovacic 

      11 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      How can you argue with that? You said it so well. I hope many not only read but listen, my friend!

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I thank you. I am sure it sounds strange to most but I have beaten and I have been beaten. Still don't know what was worse.

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      Denise McGill 

      11 months ago from Fresno CA

      I agree there is no place for destructive violence, although I understand the frustration and need to do something. I think that non-violence says more and louder deserving more respect than the destruction of property.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rania that is so kind of you. I am glad you found something in it.

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      Rania Heikal 

      12 months ago from Egypt

      Very well organized thoughts and analysis. Thank you for the perfect piece.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Umesh. I am glad you feel that way.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Quite correct MG. I just kind of look at unrest as necessary when grass roots are involved. We have a problem here though as the movements are not.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      12 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Well analysed and well presented. Thanks.

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      MG Singh emge 

      12 months ago from Singapore

      Nice thoughts articulated. Democracies have to deal with social unrest by virtue of more freedom but there has to be discipline.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, well written my friend. We, to my knowledge have not forgotten the past. Thank goodness for that.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary I go for neighborhood walks with my boy, Like miles worth a day. We have never ever seen violence. But we see folks being good to each other. I will keep looking for our disenfranchised and let you know.

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      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, change doesn't come about because people merely change their minds or have an epiphany. Change only happens when people speak up or demand that the wrongs be made right. This is what John Lewis had to say about the "Bloody Sunday" march -- "I thought I saw death. thought I was going to die on that bridge, but somehow I'm still here, I lived to complete the march from Selma to Montgomery, all 54 miles."

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      We only watch the news so we think there is serious trouble in the United States. The feeling of disenfranchisement in some groups of society needs to be addressed even in our interaction. Hopefully, we do this in love.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris I hope I made it clear that I do not consider your comments as opinion - only. I consider them as authoritative. Well spoken. Perhaps an opposing point of view. But an opening up of dialogue that we must engage in as responsible citizens.You remind me of the first Iraq war. Of course we think of our military response there after attack on non-agressive or provoked Kuwait. Only violence could end that violence.

      Yet we see therein the restraint while under constant "scud" attacks of Israel. I was involved in the oil trade at the time. I was fully amazed.

      But I find example there and not answers. Perhaps I am complacent and should look deeper.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Pamela. I think you offer up a point of view that is ideal. Perhaps this sermon is more about dreams and less about reality.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, what do you know?! What do I know? I guess I have lived through our country being in justifiable wars. I am in fact what many would call a "hawk" if that is still a term. Perhaps we worry about our Nation Bill but we are proud of it.

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      Chris Mills 

      12 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      Eric, my comments are not so much my opinion but my observation of what has happened throughout history. When it comes to right and wrong, of course, those who use nonviolent means of change have the moral high ground. But there is a tendency, even for good people, to take up arms in revolt. The current situation in the US can still be rectified peacefully, I have no doubt.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very good sermon today, Eric. Social unrest, if simply protresting, is good. Violence is no okay. As you said, love is always the answer. We should be able to have different pinions and still be friends.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Peace is the only way protest will gain support. It's a history lesson today's protesters would do well to learn. You cannot convince others through violence. It makes the news but it does not win hearts.

      But what do I really know, you know?

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much John. Corrected. I am reflecting on just how much my boy distracted me when proofreading this piece. I cut him off from his online stuff. I think he was just trying to be disobedient which made me think - "unrest" maybe should be changed to disobedient here.

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Gondwana Land

      A good message and much to dwell on. In many instances social unrest is the only way change for the better can happen. (“Deny Confictions”..should that be “Convictions.”)

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I hear you. Choices - free will, is one heck of a burden and bad if we be wrong.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris my good friend and respected thinker.

      Thanks to you I reread this piece. (I did not proofread well enough to start with :(

      But if I may I will not add or subtract from the message except here in comments.

      Why did I leave out your valid point? Was it cowardliness on my behalf?

      Need we justify violence? When a large number of people in calculations of the population rise up in a just cause you just may be right.

      Your examples are of when men of color and women and children had not rights. Prisoners, slave and indentured servants were mere chattel. KIngs had full right to execute with out process or with mock process since the Magna Carta.

      As with the command of thou shall not kill there are exceptions. We call it justified homocide.

      Herein lies the fallacy of your argument for the USA: "The results were the American Constitution, a truly free people, a new way of life." Yet as we reference this was not perfection and violence and war was still needed to make this experiment a more perfect union.

      So at this point in time in the USA I will argue that violence is unnecessary.

      As I hope, I remain open to the notion that I am wrong. At this juncture I consider your remarks as quite rational and beyond mere opinion.

      Eric

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Flourish. I still have not really got a grip on it. I am going to accept that. And I will keep working on it.

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      Devika Primić 

      12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      We live by the choices we make and I have seen enough of that.

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      Chris Mills 

      12 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      In our present situation concerning the black segment of our society, I believe peaceful protest is the way to go. But there have been times in history when violence was inevitable. The French and American revolutions are examples. They simply were not going to be resolved without bloodshed. The key is to tackle these things early before people grow angry beyond repair. But even then, the violence serves its purpose and results in change. Again I point to the American Revolution. We celebrate it as a good thing even though thousands died. Mandela said, when challenged to take up the nonviolent approach of King, "Nonviolence is a good policy when conditions permit."

      So I am both praising your message here and challenging it. When we begin early in these kinds of debates with civil discourse and love, we have a chance to achieve a nonviolent end. But when we move beyond that point, good must still prevail. History has shown that good will sometimes be forced to violence in order to achieve its end. Once again I remind all of the American Revolution. The results were the American Constitution, a truly free people, a new way of life.

      No one wants violence. We seek love. But we must also be realistic. When the time for revolution comes, it will most likely be violent.

      Eric, my friend, these are simply my thoughts that come as a result of reading your important message. Thanks for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      You’re probably on to something about people engaging in social unrest when then they need help and rest. There is a consequence for every choice we make individually and collectively as a society.

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