Justice is necessary. No justice, no peace.
But justice alone will not heal our land; only love can do that
— the world-changing kind of love that Jesus displayed on the cross.
Not cops or protesters, but cops with protesters.
Not black or white, but black with white.
Justice is necessary because it is an expression of love.
“Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)
“[Love] does not dishonor others…. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Cor. 13:5)
We need more than justice; we need love. Only love can eradicate injustice at its roots by replacing it with relationship. And only the Holy Spirit can produce the love we need.
Our nation is burning.
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.”