Brothers and sisters, remain steadfast. The truth is we are being persecuted, but rejoice for the persecution brings us closer to Christ. Some of you may not be aware of the true story of Ruby Bridges. During the Integration Period, this six year old child entered a school only for White students. As you can see in the video below, she was yelled at with words as "Go home", "You don't belong here," "We don't want you here," and "no integration." This six year old child faced this kind of persecution with great strength and courage....a strength and courage that can only come from God.
Now, compare the above video to the one below. Yes, these are the very same people who protest in front of the Agana Cathedral every Sunday. Difficult to imagine, I know...but that is the truth.
An elderly man steps out of the airport in Guam and listen to what CCOG and LFM are yelling. The words are very similar to the video above: "Go Home," "You don't belong here." "We don't want you here, " and "No neos." Just as Ruby Bridges faced her persecutors quietly without retaliating, so did Mr. Genarinni and his wife. They also did not retaliate against their persecutors. The only response to hatred is love. Love those who persecute you. Retaliation is not the answer. Appeasing hatred is also not the answer. Only love is the answer for God is love. So, brothers and sisters, remain steadfast and strong in your faith. Trust in the Lord our God.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only the Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr.