Do you know who Pontius Pilate is or what he’s famous for?
Is that a significant name to you? Well quick bible lesson in case your answer was no (smile).
Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from AD 26–36. He served under Emperor Tiberius, and is best known for presiding over the trial of Jesus and ordering his crucifixion. Now, why do I mention him?
Mainly because of the idea or concept of blame …
Pilate blamed his decision to crucify Jesus on the people and he washed his hands of it; which supposedly exonerated him of all culpability.
24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person… Matthew 27:24
Let me elaborate.
Monday December 22, I was at the gym waiting for Tracy to bring our coats from the locker room. While waiting I was looking at the TV monitors and was reading one of the captions on a news broadcast which was asking who is to blame for the shooting and murder of the two NYPD officers. And I immediately was wondering what point does that question serve?
For example: Some say it is President Obama’s fault. OK, for the sake of conversation, let’s suppose it is his fault. So now what? Does that bring the officers back to life? Does it bring the shooter back to life to serve a jail sentence to be put on trial and later executed for his crime? What if the mother and family of the shooter are blamed? What then? What does finger pointing and blame do? Blame is merely a stall tactic that keeps the gears of procrastination grinding. Who is to blame for the recent crime involving a black armed robber who broke in and stole from a black woman in the comfort and “safety” of her home; as experienced by the mother of a friend who I went to grad school with in Richmond, VA?
Suppose you were hanging out with a group of friends and one of them sneezed on you and later you found that you were experiencing a cold or the flu… does blaming the friend ease your sniffles, chills or fever? Does blaming the flu itself or the cold itself ease your aches and sore throat? Likewise, if you discover your house has termites, does blaming the previous owners or the termites themselves stop the termites from eating your house?
Healing the body, healing the house per se is what is needed.
This is a great time of revolution, evolution, and involution as we are being called to look at the dis-eases of our nation and world called racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, classism, etc. . . we are being called to do as Yeshua states in Luke 4:23
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to them, “Doubtless you will say to me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’, and ‘Everything that we are hearing that you have done in Kapernahum, do also here in your town.’”
We are being called to heal ourselves!
I understand the concept of Black Lives Matter… I am black and yet I also understand that on a grander scale ALL lives matter!
Until we individually stop segregating one another as us and them, the government will not stop. Why would they? Until the very people protesting against the system are also willing to protest beyond race related issues, those issues will continue because the core illness is not being addressed.
Until we individually stop stereotyping anyone and everyone, the symptom of stereotyping will continue to indicate that the dis-ease remains but the cure will never take effect.
Many ask why are more blacks murdered and incarcerated than whites but we don’t ask why are fewer blacks in college or excelling in fields such as medicine, technology, and business versus sports and music.
Morgan Freeman once said in a interview that in order to stop racism we need to stop talking about it; this is true. . . for as long as we talk but do not proactively act, then dis-ease, the infection will continue.
Let me sidebar note based on something Tracy constantly references when this kind of stuff pops up; she says that there are people she knows who blame the “white man” for the drugs and drug problem in the black neighborhoods and how ludicrous their commentaries and blame are; this is why… For the sake of the conversation let’s again place blame on them (the white man); when I was younger and would occasionally do something simply because a friend did it, my parents would say to me, “If he jumped off a bridge would you?” My answer was clearly, “No ma’am, no sir.” After which I would proceed to do what was best for me! So if the blame is on the white man for bringing drugs and guns into the black neighborhoods, why did we choose to take them or use them? Why rob people in our own communities? Why kill people in our own communities? Why succumb to the lure of drugs? And why do we still do this, if we are going to claim blame of another? Regardless of who hands you poison, do you have to drink it? Regardless of who hands you a gun, do you have to pull the trigger?
Regardless of who calls you something less than “person” do you have to accept their label and judgment of you?
The reasons anyone accepts anything less than what is truly deserved as a Divine Being is because that person does not feel or see themselves as worthy.
Amid all of our technological advances it would appear as thought we are losing our humanity. A major spiritual void is in need of being filled; one that addresses everyone!
Time for all of us, all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, political affiliations, and religious beliefs and lack thereof, to sit and self reflect. Ask ourselves, what do I believe about blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, gays, Muslims, etc., because if we harbor any stereotypical ideas or segregating ideas in our own minds, psyches, consciousness, then clearly we will continue to out picture the very things our consciousness continues to dwell on even on a subconscious level. This is why many will say I am not racist but subconsciously will behave in ways that indicate tendencies of a racist nature.
Want this stuff to end?
Then take the responsibility to heal your own mind, heart, and spirit.
Refuse to be like Pilate and blame, finger pointing, and washing your hands of the matter as if it is someone else’s illness to cure. This dis-ease affects us all just as Ebola affected all of us whether infected with it or not! As a nation we were infected with the idea of it, the fear of it, …
We must heal as a nation and a planet just as our bodies do… one cell (person) at a time!
I know we can!