Message from the President: America Must Know True Parents
The Presidential Tour is under way and you can get involved by visiting americaisgodshope.org. Rev. Demian Dunkley, President of Family Federation USA, started the prayer tour at the Belvedere Estates in Tarrytown, NY, and stopped first in Princeton, NJ where President Grover Cleveland is buried. He was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. The tour has raised $1000 that will go towards the liberation and the giving of the Blessing to our past American presidents and the donation drive continues. The following is a message from Demian.
America is God’s hope for the world. But how can America fulfill its God-given destiny if it is divided and self-serving? We are calling on all Americans to rise up to the purpose for which we are here: to start a movement that will bring this country to attend our Heavenly Parent, so that America may fulfill its God-given destiny to love and serve the world.
We believe Christianity and the entire religious sphere must come together and work beyond differences in doctrine to establish a movement that will guide our leaders and the culture of our great nation.
I have to Change.
We all want the world to change, but for the world to change, America has to change. For those of us in the Unification movement—or anyone working in the religious, civic, or public service sphere—we all want America to become better and we may be striving for that, fighting for that. However, for America to change, I have to change. It starts with me.
So what will I Change?
What should I change, and how? Based on which standard should I change? How should we change America? There are many who feel passionately about making America greater, and yet we are working against each other. Why? Because we are working to different standards. What about myself? What standard am I reaching for?
True Father put it this way:
“We are living a life fraught with struggle between good and evil. Then, when will this fleeting, temporary life transform into a permanent, eternal life? At what point in time will this transformation occur on the national and world levels? Where do these issues originate? All problems came about due to the Fall of Adam and Eve, who became the false parents. Consequently, problems of the heart, of lineage, of character, of language, and the problems of daily life arose, as well as problems affecting nations and the world. Then how can we fulfill our desire to resolve these accumulated problems all at once? It requires a true standard. But this is not to be found within the tribe, society or nation, or even within the world. Because the origin of all problems is the false parents, only a connection with the True Parents can lead us to a solution. (28-247, 1970.01.22)” Cheon Seong Gyeong, Book 2, Chapter 1, no. 21
Simple. Unite with True Parents.
So why is it so difficult to unite with True Parents? It’s not just for others. Even those of us who would say we understand, we still second guess and murmur. When I ask myself, why am I like that, I remember how many thousands of years I am working against.
6000 Years of Mud
I am pulling myself out of the mud of 6000 years. I am washing away the rotten earth of selfishness and carcasses of war and conflict. It is as if I am becoming naked. Which is scary, because this mud has kept me warm throughout history. These are my very clothes that I’ve been clinging to.
We are often attached to our own ideas, often emotionally rooted in past experiences, and those ideas can lead us off the road True Parents have paved for us. We might find ourselves boasting as we march off the beaten trail, “I know a shortcut,” or, “I know a more scenic route.”
Don’t Argue with Your GPS
If you were to simplify our problem of unity, you might imagine how foolish it would be to argue with Siri or Google as they are guiding you to your destination. Not only can they guide you on the fastest route, they help you avoid traffic and other obstacles. While you may sometimes get frustrated with your phone, the truth is that your GPS is a life saver. You can just follow that arrow, and focus on the beautiful scenery, road-trip conversation, and your snack of choice. Even if you make a mistake, it will immediately reroute you. You don’t really want to waste time arguing with and second guessing your GPS, so why would you do so with True Parents?
Are We Afraid to Let Go?
True Parents are asking us to do things we don’t understand, are they not? Do you understand everything True Parents are asking us to do? True Mother said in her midnight address this New Year’s eve, “The foundation we stand on is built on the offerings of those who died for God’s will, without even knowing what it was.” There are those who gave everything to further the providence without knowing a tenth of what we have been given.
As Bishop Noel Jones recently said, “A trapeze artist has to let go of the bar in order to catch the next bar that is swinging towards him.” We have to let go of what it is that might be holding us back from the greater blessing. We are indeed blessed, and a greater blessing is coming. Let us dive in together, and make the necessary conditions to claim it.
We are Called!
We are called to fulfill our responsibility. We are called to revive ourselves and others through Tribal Messiahship. We are called to recognize the great work of God through Jesus Christ, and the incredible foundation of Christianity in this nation. We are called to work together as one. If we do so, we will be able to influence the leaders of America.
Presidential Prayer Tour
We are taking responsibility for America are we not? The purpose of this prayer tour is to thank and enroll those who were called to serve at the highest office, our American Presidents. America must know about True Parents, and as we fulfill our calling we can appeal to our civic leaders as well. Regardless of any political party affiliation, we ask that they combine their strengths, and work as one to bring this great nation to fulfill its destiny. Such is the purpose of this tour.
We will be offering donations for liberations and/or wish papers for each of the presidents, so if you give a donation through the website or at any location on the tour, it will go towards this purpose on behalf of America and our determination for national restoration.
I invite you to connect to the tour. You can join us at any of the sites according to the schedule, visit other sites we are unable to visit this week, pray with us, and donate in support of liberating and in giving the Blessing of each of the deceased American Presidents.
God Bless you all,
Rev. Demian Dunkley
President, Family Federation USA
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