I remember the day we went to the press conference to be with the police when they announced it to the world.
I still remember getting out of the car at the police station ready to go in when I found that my ankle hurt - I almost couldn’t walk to the door. This strange ache stayed with me for a few days and I couldn’t figure it out and then it hit me that perhaps I had hidden anger.
I opened up the Bible to see what I could hear from God. The verse in the Bible read - love your enemies pray for them that hurt you.
It hit home. I knew that my conscience, my entire body, was telling me that I was out of sync. I was churning with hidden anger.
So I very deliberately took a picture of the person who was considered a suspect and put it on my bookshelf then I prayed for him every day after that. There’s something about prayer that demands us to clean everything up - to be of one mind and forgive. The ache in my leg went away.
When anger and unforgiveness took control of Cliff - he chose to memorize the entire book of Jonah to find his freedom.
We think that its easy to maintain a sensitive pure conscience, but it isn't.
Conscience is the still small voice within. It is quiet - it is peaceful. It values a sense of fairness honesty and respect.
There is a mass of evidence that shows that conscience, this moral sense- this inner light, is a universal phenomenon. The spiritual or moral nature of people is independent of religion or any particularly rigid religious approach culture, geography, nationality, or race. Conscience is the moral law within. We are born with an innate sense of fairness and justice, a sense of right and wrong, what is kind and what is unkind, and what is true and what is false.
This moral conscience allows us to live with integrity – love with loyalty – think positively and choose a good life.
“It is sometimes easier to fight the world than to wrestle with your conscience.” Matshona Dhliwayo