"one human being can do more evil than all the other species put together."
To make the same point differently, people like Jesus and Paul were not executed for saying, “Love one another.” They were killed because their understanding of love meant more than being compassionate toward individuals, although it did include that. It also meant standing against the domination systems that ruled their world and collaborating with the Spirit in the creation of a new way of life that stood in contrast to the normalcy of the wisdom of the world. Love and justice go together. Justice without love can be brutal, and love without justice can be banal. Love is the heart of justice, and justice is the social form of love.
Marcus Borg, Dominic Crossan, “The first Paul”
one person who is not reconciled to Love
and not reconciled (awake) to their true self
can do so much damage
whether it is Putin with his weapons of destruction
and reducing cities to rubble
or Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham
posturing and spewing lies and hate on the Senate floor
or an angry person
abusing their spouse and their children
or a resentful person with a gun
one person can do more evil
than all the other species put together
we see this
we feel it in our bones
we see it in the rubble of Mariupol
in the battered bodies of children in the ER
so what do we do?
are we hopeless and helpless?
can we do nothing more than stand by and lament?
Sometimes it feels that way!
we are reminded by Paul
and we see this truth lived out by others
by Martin Luther King Jr.
we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us
this is not a meaningless platitude
we can stand
we can resist
others to have stood against the domination systems that
all too often rule the world
They used love and compassion
energy and intelligence and imagination to fight for a new way of life
that is in stark contrast
to the way of domination and wealth
we can too
we can overcome
we can overcome evil with good
we can refuse to vote for those who peddle hate and lies
we can stand against oppression and suppression
we can choose service over domination
we can include rather than exclude
we can respond with compassion rather than anger
it is not easy
it will not always look as though we are effective
it will not always go well
we will often pay a price
sometimes a very dear price
Jesus died on a cross
Paul experienced many a tribulation
Gandhi and King and Mandela and so many others
lost position, power, freedom
and even life
but they persisted
and so must we
not just loving
not just fighting for justice
but using love to push the world toward justice
“Love and justice go together.
Justice without love can be brutal, and love without justice can be banal.
Love is the heart of justice,
and justice is the social form of love.”