With one brother in the armed forces, and another considering, my heart is deeply burdened. I love them greatly, and admire their desire to make a change in this world, but Jesus words echoing in my head are so haunting. “Put away your sword; Those who use the sword will die by the sword.” I want NONE to die, neither the ones I love and hold dear, nor those whom I’ve never met and could consider enemy. I deeply desire and pray for the day we fully embody His teachings in ways that put an end to our desire to meet violence with violence.
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Never pay back evil with more evil. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” - St Paul. May it be so.
To truly understand the resurrection of Jesus the Christ, one must come to understand that self-sacrificial love, to the point of death, is the only life worth living. It is the most powerful force in the world, and it lies deep within us all.
To those of you who identify as followers of Jesus, I implore you to search your hearts and identify the motivation behind denying the rights of your neighbors, brothers and sisters, to be able to commit to a life of fidelity through matrimony under the law. Perhaps our obvious shortcomings, hypocrisy, and inability to incarnate the forgiveness, mercy, and love Jesus has for us is part of the reason. Perhaps it’s easier to use misunderstood and biased mistranslated scriptures as weapons than it is to lay our lives down in acts of self-sacrificial love. Regardless of the reason, the Christian Church has constantly been on the wrong side of history, and it is time for that to change, and that change begins now, with you and I.
“Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.” - Albert Einstein (on Mahatma Gandhi).
I think we are that generation. We forget the power of self-sacrificial love. The power of non-violence. The fruits of the labor of compassion. May we seek to summon the courage needed to reorient ourselves with the spirits and hearts of those who came before us, and with great determination, overcame evil with good.