“The panoply of Love” (+Video) – Daily Bread – 08/29/2013

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President Barack Obama adressed the nation today with a speech that commemorated the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

His words centered around problems that plague minorities, building on an iconic line in King’s historic speech: ”If one of us is not free, then none of us are truly free.” Extending the image of “marching” into a metaphor for the struggles of disenfrancised minorities, Obama cited advancements in equality and freedom for groups over the last 50 years “because they marched,” as Mediaite pointed out.

Emphasizing that freedom takes courage, the president then stated that “courage comes when an interracial couple connects to a gay couple who has been discriminated against, and understands it as their own.”

Obama Cites LGBTQ Movement In March On Washington Anniversary Speech

The Huffington Post  |  By James Nichols

Posted: 08/28/2013 6:20 pm EDT

 

 

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (Live Video MTV VMA 2013)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed “Same Love” with Mary Lambert and special guest Jennifer Hudson last night at the MTV Video Music Awards, introduced by out NBA player Jason Collins. The song took home the award for Best Video with a Social Message, and Macklemore used the opportunity to express his support for LGBT equality, “Out of every single song that I have ever written, to me this is the most important record out of all of them….Gay rights are human rights.  There is no separation.”

 

“The Panoply of Love”

LAURA DUNBAR HAGARTY

From the October 20, 1923 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

Love,” as used in John’s epistles and as capitalized in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, is a wonderful term for God. To dwell in thought upon the nature of Love is to commune with God, to become conscious of the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Supreme Being. Such communion isolates thought from the opposite of Love, clearing consciousness of the impressions made by whatever is unlike the tenderness of the divine. Adequate protection from the shafts of evil is thus afforded the one who seeks and finds “the secret place of the most High.”

“Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you,” writes Mrs. Eddy in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” ( p. 571). Panoply is defined in a dictionary as “a full suit of defensive armor.” How rich the word becomes under the discrimination of Mrs. Eddy’s inspired thought; for Love casts its radiance upon all the ideas connoted with it! The God-given panoply acts as a defensive for those qualities in harmony with the nature of Deity. It could not protect mental states or processes antagonistic to good. It would be futile to rely upon this “full suit of defensive armor” while entertaining any form of evil belief. In putting on “the whole armour of God,” it is essential that the Christian warrior earnestly search his consciousness, and remove from it all evil.

The Scriptures teach, and Christian Science demonstrates, that God, Love, is omnipotent; therefore, the defensive armor of divinity is equipped with power sufficient to meet every demand upon its resources. Human hatred, on the contrary, has never known God, has never shared the power of God; hence, human hatred is unable to act in opposition to God’s creation. All it can do in belief is to react upon the one fostering it, leading its possessor farther and farther from the divine blessedness. To fear the onslaughts of mortal malice is to place power where it can never reside, and also to fail to use the ever available defense. Correct reasoning leads to the revelation of Love as the Almighty, as the presence that not merely withstands the besetments of evil, but destroys them.

“The weapons of bigotry, ignorance, envy, fall before an honest heart,” Mrs. Eddy reassuringly states on page 464 of Science and Health. “Bigotry, ignorance, envy,” have incited much of the destructive hatred that darkens the history of mankind. Christian Science ushers in the new day by teaching and proving that divine Love is all-sufficient to replace human hatred with the perfect reflection of Love, a reflection securely panoplied in the perpetual, unassailable goodness of the creator.