5"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 NASV
In the King James gentle is translated as meek. The major misconception on both words is that people associate meek and gentle as cowardly. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was the gentleness of Martin Luther King's non-violent demonstrations that showed America the injustice of Jim Crow laws. Mahandas K. Gandhi's non-violent movement that forced Britain out of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Cowards don't stand and allow the English soldiers to bludgeon them row after row after row until the soldiers get tired of clobbering people. Cowards didn't march in Selma to face tear gas and attack dogs.
Mike Huckabee and others of the religious right have told churches and their mindless sheep that they can pick and choose which laws to obey. They are the cowards. You see they know that the justice department has been taken over by the moral mafia and that nothing will happen. This is not Civil Disobedience. True Civil Disobedience is where the person who willingly breaks the law is first and foremost prepared to suffer the consequences be in beatings, jail or even death.
Let a preacher lose his tax exemption for a partisan endorsement of a political candidate or party and you'll hear someone screaming like a stuck pig ten thousand miles clear across Texas.
Here are Gandhi's Seven Social Sins, and one added later by one of his devotees. He does seem to be describing the problem of America today.
Politics without Principle
Wealth Without Work
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge without Character
Commerce without Morality
Science without Humanity
Worship without Sacrifice
- Young India, 22-10-1925
Rights Without Responsibility
- This is the 8th sin by Arun Gandhi.