First, if you missed yesterday’s post about the Orlando shootings, I urge you to take a look (Hope in the Aftermath). Already, just another day later, more and more of the rhetoric seems to be slipping into intolerance, and division, and hatred, and I want to keep the proven principle of intentional love in the forefront of our conversation. Because there is nothing else with the power to save this broken world.
My concern is that the deception of cynicism, and the lie that is evil too easily take hold and gain traction. The truth is that nothing defeats hate so completely as love and grace, and that the greatest darkness is always brought to its knees by the smallest pinprick of light.
“Get your feet back on the ground and accept reality,” someone said to me. “This is the world we live in, and if we don’t fight fire with fire then we’re doomed.”
“No,” I replied, “It’s when we return evil with evil, hate with hate, and violence with violence that we’re doomed.”
Jesus repeated this truth so often it astounds me that so many people who claim faith in Christ so readily forget.
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place” (John 18:36.
Besides, after thousands of years of tit-for-tat isn’t it obvious by now that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth inevitably leads to more blind toothless people, and still no peace?
Because – and I devoted a whole section of my Advent book to this idea – peace isn’t the absence of conflict so much as it is the presence of active, no-holds-barred love.
Peace isn’t the absence of conflict so much as it is the presence of active, no-holds-barred love.
In other words, we won’t get peace with any teeth to it unless we begin to think more proactively about love.
I hear arguments in politics about who is more “hawkish” as a candidate. But I want to stand on the rooftops and shout this as loudly as possible – “WE DON’T NEED HAWKS SO MUCH AS WE NEED DOVES!”
So do not be deceived. The history of violence is a sad, circular story with no end. The history of love is a beautiful story laden with hope, with promise, and with redemption.
It is The Greatest Story Ever Told, and we absolutely, positively must make it The Greatest Story Ever Lived – DEREK