To my native friends,
I am an invader
I represent power-hungry culture, formed on liberty yet forcibly occupying
We settled in your land, we the privileged
We brought individualism, capitalism, and uninvited democracy
We never asked you
True, I was not there then,
Yet I am here now
When you look at me
What do you see?
I am ashamed of the way my people treated your people
It is not Jesus’ way
Jesus’ way is a gentle, peaceful way
No guns, no coerced conversions, no nationalism, no room for empire building
Though that has often been religion’s way
Jesus’ kingdom is powerfully gentle, never invades, never brings destroying diseases or culture-killing religion.
It is an eternal land for all, where no one owns property or people, where land is free, a land I long to see.
And that kingdom has already come, in a person, not a political power, or regime, it is in the hearts, and it can sometimes be seen.
For the native people of my homeland Australia, my naturalized homeland USA and my current home Basque Country, to the indigenous people of these three lands, I choose to ask you, listen to you, respect you and to greet you as the people of the land, I a visitor in your beautiful land.