Monday, November 05, 2018

Only Love Can Drive Out Hate

Redeemer Sanctuary

"How, John, can I pray for you?"

Thank you to those who ask me this. 

My response is: Pray that I would love my enemies from the heart.

This, for me, is the big one. Because I don't - not yet. All the other moral commands follow from this. (Yes, the enemy is my "neighbor.")

How revolutionary Jesus is, to tell us to love our enemies. Why did he go this far? Because, as Martin Luther King Jr.  wrote:

Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, 
and toughness multiplies toughness 
in a descending spiral of destruction. 
So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” 
he is setting forth 
a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. 
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies—or else? 
The chain reaction of evil—
hate begetting hate, wars producing wars—
must be broken, 
or we shall be plunged 
into the dark abyss of annihilation.

MLK Jr., Strength to Love

Only love can drive out hate.