Monday, August 28, 2017

Love, don’t hate

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
The Dalai Lama
Loving others, therefore, is not a question so much of 'doing God's will' but, rather, of 'living God's life.'
Paul Knitter, Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian
Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.
Dorothy Day
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Jesus of Nazareth
For Christians, love is the standard against which to evaluate one’s thoughts, words, and actions. Consequently, hate is inimical with Christianity. Violence, unless unavoidable to avert significantly greater harm, is also inimical with Christianity.
Bellicose language, whether directed against North Korea, Iran, or any other state, is therefore inimical with Christianity.
Similarly, all hate groups – including neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, the KKK, white supremacists, and the alt-Right as well as all far-left hate groups and hate groups with any other ideology – are inimical with Christianity.
As an American, I recognize the right of these groups and their members to express their deeply misguided ideas.
However, as a Christian, I unreservedly denounce those opinions. Love is the path that Jesus pioneered and the path that I as a Christian am committed to following. Remaining silent in the aftermath of hate speech, taking no action to end hate, is tantamount to endorsing that message of hate.
To paraphrase the British jurist Edmund Burke, Hate flourishes when good people do nothing.

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