One day it began — a single cell among millions of normally functioning cells. No alarms went off, no red flags went up. Entirely unnoticed, the mutation began to multiply.
One cell became two; two became four. The cells around it helped it grow. Four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two. No one even noticed. Thirty-two, sixty-four, one hundred twenty-eight, two hundred fifty-six.
Eventually it was detected. The white blood cells sprang into action. They communicated quickly: an invader was in the body. Something had to be done.
They rushed to surround it like a crew of police. They fought a losing battle. The growth had gotten ahead of them. It had multiplied beyond their ability to contain it. Waste products from the mutant cells spread poison everywhere. Soon pieces of it travelled through the bloodstream, colonizing other parts of the body. Nothing could kill it, neither surgery nor chemical cures. Hope was gone.
For years I’ve thought that the cancer killing this planet was a mutated form of one of her basic cells… the human one. The world’s problems — its ecological disasters, social injustice, racial discord — all stem from the problems growing deep in man’s inner being. Beneath all man’s outward problems is man’s mistrust, unkindness, greed, pride, and selfishness.
When people live for their individual pleasure and profit, they are a cancer. When they live for others rather than themselves, they are the remedy. Mankind needs a new start, a way to begin all over again. Only by becoming reconnected to the Spirit who created us can we be part of what brings healing to this scarred earth.
In our in our communities we’ve found power from our Creator to start over. We are being restored to how we were always meant to be. We are no longer part of the cancer that is destroying the earth. We are being cleansed from cancerous inner strife such as mistrust, greed, and selfishness. Now we are learning how to love. Now we are part of the cure.