Some of the great things that I have from my memories, from growing up, is learning things, different disciplines, that went hand in hand with the fantastic liberal arts education that I received as a citizen of the United States and a product of the 70s and 80s public school system. What a fantastic time!
Every day seemed to be filled with discovery, capturing frogs, riding my bike, learning to play baseball, listening to my mother’s records like the Beatles and Elvis. This propelled me to learn guitar and take voice lessons.
In my studies, I came across Pavarotti, Freddie Mercury, and Paul Rodgers. Then I found Luther Vandross – what a voice, what great songs and he sang them with feeling and intensity. I bought a ‘best of’ CD and I believe the first song was, “A House Is Not a Home”. The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Vandross was just covering it. But he nailed it, what a song! It’s so beautiful!
That song came to my mind when I was thinking of the plight of the Kurds and the Palestinians. As of late, they both have houses but not homes. Home has a sense of stability, an eternal like vibe, an air that says that this is yours and nobody else’s. A home is a place of permanence, a place where you can envision a future and become nourished! Blessed in and bless others in.
We have these two people groups in this world, that keep coming across our collective radar, with a lack of what most people, you and I enjoy: a home! How long will we turn a blind eye to this truth? How long will we turn a deaf ear, to this fact? That is really what we all want: a home!
How can we deny a combined population of 40 million people to not have homelands of their own? It’s time for the countries of the world, with help from the United Nations, to carve out a country for each of these people groups with well defined and respected boundaries.
For both the Palestinians and Kurds, violence continues to happen in their houses. There are wars being fought because of old grievances, and they are both wars that will continue to be fought unless we get together to solve the problems. Both conflicts fuel hatred and bigotry and allow other nations to take advantage and abuse these great peoples.
It is time to get beyond the obstacles, the rhetoric, the distractions, and the ploys of each conflict and finally come to a conclusion. This is a message of mercy, love and justice! Everyone deserves a house, everybody needs a home!