Oct 242020

Love in the face of hate

Love in the face of hate

As I sit down to write this blog, my heart and mind are heavy. My parish, my family and I have been under attack by cyber criminals who spend their days harassing, bullying and threatening us nonstop. They have nothing but hate and bigotry in their hearts.

They are the exact opposite of what the readings this weekend command Christians to be. The readings this weekend command us to be loving to everyone and to support the widow and the orphan. In fact, Jesus tells us this Sunday that if we only love God will all our being and love our neighbor as ourselves, we will inherent God’s kingdom.

Why is this such a hard lesson for us to learn and accept? Why must we continue to hate one another because of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or social class?

We give the evil one a foot hold when we choose to hate others. And what happens then is that the hate eats away at our soul until we are but a shell of our former self. We become obsessed with hating others. We spend every waking moment looking for yet another way to abuse and attack others.

This Sunday we are called to walk a different path. And try as I may, I cannot bring myself to hate those who continue to abuse me. Not even those clergy who continue to attack me because they think my life should continue to revolve around theirs. No, not even those who continue to threaten my family and church.

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Will you join me in this transformative, restorative love?

Bishop Greg