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This Sunday began with readings of MLK's words of peace contrasted with harsh words on church signs. Looking at this contrast, we must ask: do churches truly fulfill Jesus's command to love?
Jesus's message was not new. To love others was a key message from the very beginning. Yet, Jesus's ideas seemed radical and revolutionary in his time. He made it new by demonstrating it through acts which others found bizarre, by associating with those who everyone else thought were meant to be forgotten and ignored.
Jesus says "I am the light of the world," but later he also says "you are the light of the world." We are meant to demonstrate the same love that Jesus demonstrated. Jesus did not demonstrate love far beyond our comprehension, but rather he came to demonstrate to us how we should love.
In today's world, "hate" is a word often used as a synonym with disdain. However, that definition can be spread to mean any act or mindset which is not rooted in love, much in the same way that darkness is not its own entity but rather an absence of light. To withhold love from others, though not a direct act of violence, is a form of hatred. Love does not permit us to ignore hatred in the world due to a need to preserve love. Love must be treated more like light and be sent into places plagued with hatred. Jesus's message to humanity was that that capability is in all of us.
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We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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