Jun. 25, 2016

The Dome of the Rock

Wouldn’t life be beautiful if we all thought alike, there were no disagreements, and everything made sense to everyone? Unfortunately, God did not create us to be cloned robots. We have free will. We have a heart, a mind and a soul.

Typically the place we are born determines our life view. Also, males and females think differently. (I know…quite a shock, huh?) Race, culture and religion help form who we are, which is an extensively complex people trying to live together in an ever-changing world.

God never changes. It is very important that we apply faith in those areas that do not make sense. Otherwise, the facts would stack up to be a very unhealthy, unhappy, and frightening existence. I choose joy. I seek to understand others, but gave up on always being understood. God understands the way my heart, mind and soul work because He not only created me – He wired me to be “me.”

Seeing the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem was a very powerful moment for me. While I consider myself smarter than the average bear (Hey, Boo Boo! If you don’t know Yogi, you won’t get the saying), I am not as smart as I think I am. I don't have all the answers. With all my church experience and educational teachings, both formal and informal, I had no clue what the Dome of the Rock represents; therefore, I did not understand the complexity of the right to ownership.

First, I never knew the people of Israel believe that creation itself was born from the exact place as today's Dome of the Rock. They believe this land is ground zero for God’s design. They also believe the area marks the site of where Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac in order to be obedient to God. They know that the Dome of the Rock marks the spot for their beloved Solomon’s Temple prior to its destruction.

But, then you have Muslims. They, too, believe the Dome of the Rock marks the spot of God’s initial creation. They believe that it also marks Abraham’s attempt to sacrifice Ishmael in an act of obedience to God. Many do not understand that the first few books of the Quran match our Bible with the exception that, since Ishmael was Abraham’s firstborn son, he is the topic of discussion in what came next. The Muslims also believe that Mohammad had his great vision on the land marked by the Dome of the Rock. The Dome of the Rock is important to many people for different reasons.

Unfortunately, we believe it can only be controlled by one or the other. The truth is God created the land under the Dome of the Rock and it rightfully belongs to Him.

The land around the Dome of the Rock expresses the beliefs and feelings of Judiasm, Christianity and Islam.

For a place that is supposed to signify deep Truth, it certainly is divisive isn’t it.  Wait until our Father gets home.  He will straighten out the confusion and clean up the mess man has created.

Whatcha gonna do until then, brother or sister?

Holy Father, teach us the priority is to be a living testimony of You and sometimes that means we shut up and listen. Other times it means we simply be ourselves and depend on You to shine through in spite of our faults.  Thank you, Christ Jesus.  Amen.