Global Message for March 20 Earth Day

By Earth Day founder, John McConnell -- www.earthsite.org

Abraham Lincoln said, "United we stand, divided we fall."  He was thinking of the United States.  Today, our problem is global and far more serious.  

America and many other countries devote most of their wealth to military programs.  They spend billions for bombs and pennies for peace.   Were the money spent on our evil weapons to kill people spent on promoting global understanding of peaceful resolution of conflict and the causes of violence and hate, there would be no more wars.

Most governments say we must kill the killers and praises the soldiers who kill and sometimes die for their country thinking it is the right thing to do.  It is sad to think of their misguided loyalty.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.  Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.  Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.  In fact, violence merely increases hate. . .

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness
to a night already devoid of stars.  Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

As a result, the whole world is in a state of siege with ever more fear and anxiety.  We need a miracle to avoid catastrophe.


Dedication and action by all is needed.  The proven power of prayer can help.  Let all who see this message decide what they will do.  

First, let us all make this Earth Day a time to forgive others and ourselves for our failures in the past.  Failures have been the result of sins of omission as well as sins of commission.  There is some measure of guilt in all of us.

A song from the 18th century comes to mind:  "Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness is free.  No matter how sinful, how vile you may be.  Oh come to the savior, oh come to the savior.  Oh come to the savior right now."

In the Welsh revival this song caused thousands of conversions and actions that resulted in a spiritual awakening in England and America.  Social justice spread.  Converts included scholars who established our major universities.

I must add that other religions can find in their history similar records.  On Earth Day, we have participation by Christians, Jews, Muslims and people of every major religion.  The point of agreement is the importance of peace, justice and Earth stewardship in the here and now.  The best evidence of the value of our faith is the good we do for people and planet.

Let us make this day a special day of prayer for the troubled mid-east.  Peace in the Holy Land would be a catalyst for peace all over the world.

Now is the time for the whole world to unite in the vital matters where we agree.

John McConnell   

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