Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Anger and outrage have a place at the table – they are motivating, they help us set boundaries and say when enough is enough. But hatred is different. Hatred excludes. Hatred says “I’m in, you’re out” based on whatever we choose. We set the rules.
Self-righteous indignation can help us remember who we are, what we stand for. But when it becomes a disguise for hatred, we need to stop.
I recently read tweet from a respected progressive theologian who was trashing people for switching sides and joining #resist. Huh? What? I do not get that at all.
Isn’t that what we want? For people to awaken from entrenched positions and see reality and truth seems like the goal to me. I love it when someone’s narrow beliefs are shaken and they broaden rather than narrowing further still.
If I’m missing something here, please help me to understand. But if we scream or hurl insults at those whose eyes are opened by our efforts, who are we? What have we become?
Spread the love, friends. 💜💜💜.