LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”
(30) AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ 31″The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Rejecting violence and embracing our neighbors
The recent murders in Paris and then in Belgium as well as countless bombings in the Mid East are intended to provoke a military reaction that could be used to attract vulnerable people to Daesh’s (ISIS) violent ideology. It is an attempt to divide communities, but one that each of us has the power to resist, by rejecting their attempt to foment hatred.
We can learn from the experience of Quakers involved in working to reduce violence. It shows that the only way to counter darkness is with light.
In our interconnected world, policies that are born of fear and retribution will only reduce security for our neighbors and ourselves.
Stand by your neighbors, stand with your neighbors. Stand up against fear. Stand up against hatred.
We are all better than this.