Fresh from his superb presentation at the Bible and Beer Consortium, our friend Zach Moore is delivering the following reflection at Westside Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. Zach is a great speaker, and this is a topic of interest to all humanists.
"Since before the dawn of human history, we have drawn boundaries around ourselves, lines in the dirt to separate those who share our history, values, and traditions, away from those whose experiences and beliefs are strange and seemingly incompatible with our own. When these borders are transgressed, the natural inclination is to respond in anger and even violence, with the goal of either expelling the intruders, or returning our kith and kin to the protection of the familiar. And this cycle continues inevitably either to death or defeat, providing at best a temporary resolution. But what if instead of reinforcing and defending our boundaries, we simply erased them from the map? When the last stone has been thrown down from the last wall, we may finally be free enough to see each other not as antagonists, but as brothers and sisters seeking a common good. But before we can become this kind of radical peacemaker in the world around us, we must seek first to erase these divisions in our own minds."