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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (October 31, 2004)         

        Ecclesiastes 11:1 "Cast thy bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days."

It has been stated that this is one of the most important elections in the history of the United States.  I am not so sure I agree with this, but I do believe that it is very important, not just for the people of the United States but for the world community as well.  The influence of this country is far-reaching and the values that conceived this idea of the United States has in the past, been a model for others throughout the world .... freedom and equality are values for everyone.  Our currency is printed with "IN GOD WE TRUST" as a reminder to all of us to trust God.  But to "trust God" makes a great demand on us to align ourselves with the qualities of God ... to see ourselves as "One Nation Under God" ... makes another demand.  We will never "win the peace" as long as we divide ourselves from each other and from the world.

We have entered into a time of divisiveness in the world ... an "us against them" mentality that creates certain struggle and strife ... and this divisiveness is visible within the United States itself.  There are those who would deny equality to others through their own blindness of Truth.  We have religious zealots who ignore the deaths of over a thousand of our citizens in the war in Iraq and yet urge people to vote on single issues like same-sex marriage.  I received an email message this morning from a group called "OneMillionMoms" that sent out a list of all the politicians who "voted for the homosexuals" ... I am certain that this same mentality would have sent out a list back in the 60's of those who "voted for the Negroes" ... or those who "voted for women's rights" ... this consciousness of hate and divisiveness will always find its enemy ... and its friends ... who will be next on the list of OneMillionMoms? ... and who are these moms anyway ... everything I have seen from this organization is from men!!  On their website they state they are part of the American Family Association:  "AFA exists to motivate and equip citizens to change the culture to reflect Biblical truth." ... in other words, their interpretation of Biblical truth as filtered through the mind of the conservative theocrat, Donald Wildmon. This tax-exempt organization goes the limit on political endorsements and political action.  Someone should remind Donald Wildmon that "hate is not a family value" ... and not all families are Christian ... and the best family value is "love God and love your neighbor as yourself."  Last Sunday many Catholic churches put a note in their bulletins to "vote and remember that you are Catholic" ... does this mean that Catholics should all vote for Kerry since he is Catholic? ... most Catholics either ignored the note or were confused by it.

 The Master Mind Jesus taught "consciousness" ... and the "consciousness" of America is just about to be revealed to the world as never before.  This has been one of the ugliest political campaign years this country has experienced on almost every level of political office; president, senators, congress and even state governors.  I cannot remember when God and religion has been so often used in politics in such mean-spirited ways.  This is no different than the people who used the Bible to scare people in the past and to divide people by race and nationality.  If we allow this to be acceptable behavior from our politicians then we must be prepared to find it as acceptable on every level of our lives. 

       Who we vote for is a very personal decision and each of us is very capable of making this decision ... let's not vote from fear, but from faith ... we believe in God and that He Is Good ... let us never allow fear to diminish our Faith in the Infinite Power and Presence of the Almighty!
And So It Is!           
Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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