The degree to which we are able to forgive determines the degree to which we are able to love our enemies. My friends, we have followed the so-called practical way for too long a time now, and it has led inexorably to deeper confusion and chaos. -MLK Jr.
I wanted to write this piece because I know we have a chance. There is good in us, there is light that wants to connect. After my conversation with my friend Sal Masekela (WODcast Podcast 240 1:15 and 280 53:40) seeing the response from the listeners, it reinforced the my belief that we can do better. I am in a unique position that allows me to use my experience for good. We all are. We just need to open ourselves up and actually listen to each other. I mean actually listen to understand, not just hear and wait to deliver your point. That is “versus” and a selfish mentality that does not lead to empathy and growth. I see sides that want to prove they are right. It hurts when I see darkness where there should be light. It’s time to set down that bag of judgement, anger, bitterness, and retaliation. Love is lighter and lifts us all.
Matin Luther King did many sermons that have impact on society today. The quote in the photo below is from a sermon he did at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1957. The relevance of his words feel like they could have been easily said today. It deals with learning to love your adversaries. “Loving your enemies” was so basic to King and part of his basic philosophical and theological orientation—the whole idea of love, the whole philosophy of love. This applies not only to people, but to situations and circumstances. If we were to ask King today Continue reading