Sunday, March 11, 2018
hate doesn't work
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from "Loving Your Enemies")”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight
Love your enemies
I mean who does that?
Who can do that?
God knows I’ve tried
I’ve tried to love that person who lied about me
That person who cost me a job
That person who attacked me in order to promote themselves.
I’ve tried to love that person
Who abuses others
That one who is greedy, and hateful
Angry and violent
That one who lies, and lies, and lies again
Sometimes I can do it
But oh, how I want them to respond
After all, my feeble one time effort should totally change them, right?
Love is patient
I hate that
That need to love, and love, and love and love
And keep loving even when the lies keep coming
Even when the behavior continues
That need to love even when one is attacked for loving
Or considered week
Even who love results in anger and rejection
Is it really true that love wins?
Is love truly redemptive?
Could the weight of love
Individual love, collective love
Could love change me, from the insecure person I am
(yes I know I am 66 and have pretty much been successful, but still…..)
Into a person who believes in himself.
Could love make Trump compassionate?
Could love stop racism?
Or calm fear
Could love make us generous?
I don’t’ know
But it seems like it’s worth a try
Because it is all too clear
That hate and violence