Friday, November 11, 2016

Love not hate

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48

Love not hate
by Lesley Hooper

The fear sets in, the reality is here.
The world is becoming a scary place.
So much hate, so much pain.
But Christ says, "Love not hate."

People being beaten because they are different.
People being abused where they should be safe.
People being threatened in their own communities.
But Christ says, "Love not hate."

You see the fear in peoples eyes,
Yet you see the hate in others.
You know there is a different way.
Christ says, "Love not hate."

Be the light among the darkness!
Be the peace of the storm!
Be the calm of the sea!
Be the love not hate!

In these uncertain times, we don't know what will happen.  Fear is real for many of us, but we can not let it rule us!  God has this and will take care of His children!  We can't stop others from being hateful and committing hate crimes, but we can direct our energy to give love!

Folks who are feeling unsafe right now, I'll be wearing a #safetypin. If you see me or others wearing the same, know that you are safe with me, with us, that I will speak out against hate, and do what I can to make the spaces around me safer for you, whether you are LGBTQIA+, disabled, non-white, non-male, non-Christian, or any other marginalized group. I see you. I stand with you.A safety pin is a simple thing. Anyone can wear one. They are easy to acquire. The UK managed it with Brexit, and we can help our fellow Americans feel safer in the same way: by indicating we are safe, and will speak out against hate. #stophate

Remember: this is not just an opinion. It is an act of solidarity. If you wear one, and you see something, be the voice. Be the change. Call that hate out. Video it for evidence. Offer support to the victim. Call the police. Shout for attention. Do. Something.

I will stand up for the right of others and be a safe place for people, will you?

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