Love your enemies. You certainly don’t have to agree with them. You don’t have to vote with them. You don’t even have to like them. In the end, love enlarges your soul, hate diminishes. Loving more makes you more loving. Hating more just makes you more hateful.
This, friends, is the radical dream of Jesus: that his followers would exercise a different kind of power. Jesus imagined a world where power was exercised differently, where we understood power differently. In the Kingdom of God, or as Dr. King translated, in the beloved community, power is measured in compassion, in healing. Power is measured by justice.
There has been a great deal of debate in our nation over the last week and a half. Some folks said, in the wake of the attack,
“this is NOT who we are.”
Other folks, including a number of my friends who are involved with the Black Lives Matter movement said no,
“this is EXACTLY who we are.”
We could debate the meaning and merits of the arguments until we are blue in the face. I think a bigger question is at stake.
“Is this who we want to be?”