Posted by: shamanron | December 19, 2011

Acceptance

part 1 of          Acceptance

“War” on Christmas Heats Up In Texas

http://news.yahoo.com/holy-war-thousands-gather-support-tx-nativity…

(from a post in “PaganSpace.net)

It is at these times that the Pagan community needs to come together, not against the Christian religion, but in support of our own unity between diversity of faiths, paths and beliefs.

As a kid growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, and other non-Christian followers were pretty much still in the broom closet. So the only opponent Christians had were Atheist and “Non-believers”. At that time, we were told (as Christians), “make sure and set a good example” and “We don’t need violence or anger. Jesus didn’t, so we wont.”

Now, there are so many other religions and a prominent presence of the Pagan community. So instead of returning to their “roots”, or Biblical New Testament writings, Christians are feeling threatened, and holed up in a corner. And just like a wild cat cornered, these folks are blindly thrashing out, unfortunately in ignorance of the Constitution and the civil and human and religious rights of others.

So it’s our turn. “Lead by Example”. For most of us (I dare not speak for everyone), we practice a tolerant, earth based faith, respecting (and caring for) all living things. That should (if it doesn’t) include those of a different faith or religion. As we are eager to point out that some Christians are not following their own doctrine, It is easy sometimes for us to become frustrated and angry, then forgetting our own.

The time is now, for us, the Pagan, Wiccan, Witchcraft and other Earth based faiths to come together as the brothers and sisters that we all are and lead by example, being aware of our language and tones, and actions while in the company of Christians and other faiths and religions.

The Christian community in general, has taken the lead for many decades. But time and time again, fail to lead because of the examples their leaders set. It is also the reason so many of us have turned to Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, Druidism, Shamanism, and other “Non-Christian” faiths and beliefs, For true answers, leadership, direction and guidance without prejudice.
There are actually those on the “Front lines” of this “war” as we speak, assisting a family in Bowden, Georgia. At the bottom of the page, you can read the story.
These are the examples we should be following and setting for all of our brothers and sisters, young and old in the rest of the country, in the rest of the world.
It begins with Acceptance.
We accept that there are over 7 billion people on this planet. We accept that with that number, it is impossible for everyone to follow one specific faith or religion. We accept that we have and will have neighbors that follow a different faith or religion than we do. We also accept that those same neighbors are of our Mother Earth, and as such, are our brothers and sisters. We accept that we can love and respect them as we do all living things, even though we follow different faiths and religious beliefs. Let US set the example.

http://www.facebook.com/notes/north-georgia-solitaries/a-week-in-bowdon-georgia-our-final-thoughts/10150540876298417

Namaste
Ron Wheeler
http://shamanron.weebly.com
https://shamanron48.wordpress.com/

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