Can We Love Our Neighbor as Our Pet?

Preparedness, planning, collaboration and “learning to accommodate water.”  We could learn a great deal from Amsterdam! The clip below is from last week’s episode of CBS Sunday Morning.  It’s a fascinating story about a municipality that took a serious problem and turned it into a unique opportunity.

But it was the clip right before this one that made me think about this year’s Memorial Day as we remember all military personnel who’ve made sacrifices for our freedom.

How has Amsterdam figured out a way to live with every walk of life, background, race and personality in a state of tranquil peace while much of the rest of the world remains in turmoil?

Tolerance. 

Many wars are rooted in narrow-mindedness and the inability to tolerate others who don’t think the same way we do or have the same beliefs.

We are taught to be faithful and trustworthy in the little things to have more faith and trust in the greater.  Tolerance is no different. So many are wrapped up in the minutia of tearing down others or complaining about the pettiest things.  Our kids grow up believing it’s acceptable behavior which  perpetuates  more hate and in extreme cases results in killing.

I read a poignant post from my friend Scott Williams today:

“A Coptic nun in Iraq said right after Mosul fell to ISIS in 2014, ‘I lived in America. You are wonderful people. You care for your pets so well. Can you please care for your Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering? Why are you so silent in the face of our genocide?’

Maybe if people forgot for a moment how much they hated a man voted into office by American brothers and sisters of all faiths, race and sexual orientation and thought of the persecuted Christians and minorities as kitties and puppies their story would get more attention.”

This Memorial Day weekend, let’s remember all those who died to protect our freedom to be whoever we want to be and say whatever we want.  But let’s also remember to be accepting of others so we can one day live in peace.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.   

Please join us Monday night at 5:15pm at the Fairhope Civic Center for our Memorial Day Program and Baldwin Pops Concert

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