“One Name Everywhere” ( Zacharias 14:9, KNOX ) by Carley Evans


Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva (Photo credit: askgandhi)

The solution to world turmoil and cultural hatred is simple, yet illusive.

and over all the earth the Lord shall be king, one Lord, called everywhere by one name.

Wars are started and sustained by religious zealotry. World peace will come only when the Lord God is called everywhere by one name.

Lord Buddah
Lord Buddah (Photo credit: Venkataramesh.Kommoju)
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“You Therefore Must Be Perfect” (Matthew 5: 43 – 45, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus acknowledges that under the old covenant, hating one’s enemy is expected. Retribution is the rule, not the exception — ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ (Matthew 5: 38) Today, Islam lives under this same rule of retribution. But, under the new covenant which Jesus introduces to His disciples and followers, Jesus calls them and us to “love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us], so that [we] may be sons of [our] Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 43 – 44)

Jesus calls us to perfection. In us there must be no evil intention, no thought or act of hatred or revenge. If we only love those who love us, “what reward do [we] have?” (Matthew 5: 46)

How do we love the man who murders our child? How do we love the woman who steals our husband? How do we love the drunk driver who totals our car? How do we love the colleague who cheats on his taxes? How do we love the neighbor who plays music so loudly it makes our floors vibrate? How do we love the driver who cuts us off in traffic and nearly causes a needless accident? How do we love the person in the grocery store who drops a jar of jelly and walks away without a thought?

I maintain we don’t. I maintain that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Living God, loves these individuals through us. Hence Jesus asks us to “be perfect, as [our] heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5: 48)

“For The Rest Of The World” (Luke 2: 28 – 32, NIV) by Carley Evans


For any of us who might in the secret depths of our hearts think that Caucasians are somehow better than the rest of the world’s populations; let us recall that Jesus is the “glory of Israel.” Jesus is an Israelite, a Jew. He is not a blonde, blue-eyed, well tanned white man. He does not look like me; rather He looks like people who live in the Middle East. He may in fact look like some of our present day enemies.

I notice many images of Jesus created do not look remotely like my present day enemies. Here I am referring to those cowardly zealots of Islam who destroyed the World Trade Center and many lives in 2001.

When I look at pretty images of Jesus, I make a concerted effort to alter them in my mind’s eye for Isaiah tells us that nothing about Jesus was particularly attractive. I also remember Jesus is a Jew.

Simeon, as he holds the eight day old infant Jesus, proclaims Him to be the “glory of Israel;” but he also steps out of his comfort zone and declares Jesus will be a “revelation for the gentiles.” Simeon is a man like any other of his time; he does not associate with gentiles. But he recognizes that this child is the Christ, the Messiah who is come for Israel first, and then for the rest of the world.