Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says "Love your enemies," he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken or we shall be plunged in to the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King Jr., in the sermon "Loving Your Enemies"
You may next want to read:
History, moral progress, and moral perfection (part 1)
Human laws, natural laws, and the Fourth of July
More unoriginal thoughts about the election
Another post, from the table of contents
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.