A different Kingdom

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” – Matthew 5:44-45

This is a time that these words must be heard. The ruling in the case of Michael Brown demands it. A great injustice has been done and as Christians we must ask ourselves how we will react. Will we answer blood for blood? Hate for hate? Some will.

And if we all do? The cycle of violence will never end. We must be willing to love those who kill, who take and destroy lives. Justice will come. Maybe not in this world, but we must trust God to act justly. Even if that means He forgives a killer, if the killer comes with genuine contrition, asking forgiveness.

We can not allow evil acts to make us devils as well. We are not of this world. Our Kingdom is not the United States. The state must live by the laws of this world, but we simply can not. Our law is the Law of Love.

Let us not answer the injustice of Michael Brown’s death with more injustice. Martin Luther King saw this. Michael Brown’s parents see this.

Violence can not bring about a different world. It can not bring back Michael. But we must not be silent either. We can not accept this wrong doing tacitly.

Now is the time for us to stand together. We can not allow hate to triumph. Let us love with a fury greater than the hate that we see. Let us live out our love in the face of violence, evil, darkness. Peace and love must conquer our hearts before it can conquer the world.

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