“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
So, the question is how can we be a LIGHT in this darkness that is racism, police brutality, and abuse of power? How can we LOVE better?
Love looks like something. Here are a few things THE King said light and love look like:
This broken world is in desperate need of HOPE. Are you shining a hope light in your dark corner of the world? Or are you contributing to the hopelessness with criticism and condemnation?
We can offer FREEDOM to the brokenhearted with compassion in action. It is no longer sufficient to sit back in our recliners and shake our heads over these injustices. It is time to do something. And that “something” may look different from person to person, so we don’t get to judge whether the way one person does it is ok or not, as long as it is lawful...
Racism is a form of blindness. What if we all asked God to give us HIS eyes for other people? How would we see them? God, the most incredible artist, created each human being as a masterpiece, mixing each shade and hue of color with painstaking attention to detail, and each one is beautiful. What if we started celebrating one another’s differences and intentionally looked for our abundant commonalities? Did you know that all humans’ genetic makeup differs by a mere .01%?? It seems, then, that we are far more similar than we are different. What if we allowed that to influence how we treat one another? Oh Lord, give us NEW EYES!
What if more of us “pigment-challenged” folks actually started seeing and treating all people of all pigments as our neighbors and began loving our neighbors as ourselves...I mean genuinely loving one another...
I suppose love is what it always comes back to, isn’t it?
Jill Perry, founder of Bursting Barns Ministries