“Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”
14th Dalai Lama
I assume everybody knows about situation in Tibet. I would say we get used to it. We are able to live normal lives while others are fighting for human rights, freedom, democracy. But from time to time something force us to wake up and face the facts. And this is what has happened lately. The Olympic Torch Relay woke us up. It’s not about Olympic Games in China itself, it’s about this feeling, this believe that people should be free and live in peace. That’s impossible as Dalai Lama said without respecting human rights.
This whole situation made me think about one passage in the Bible:
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
This is the message that Jesus picked at the beginning of his preaching (according to Luke’s Gospel). When He went to the synagogue He has read this passage. This was His plan for next three years. Jesus proclaim liberty to the captives. Liberty in two realms: spiritual and corporeal. He knew how important that was. To heal. To set free. To preach the Good News.
How do we live? Do we live as free people? Do we feel like we are free? Do we have this freedom in both realms? And if we are maybe it’s time to continue His mission. To preach the good news. To heal the brokenhearted. To proclaim liberty to the captives. To give people Jesus. What we should do is remember about that when the Olympics will be over.