20 Aug Love Wins
Last weekend the world witnessed a disturbing scene with a despicable cast of characters including the KKK, Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists. This was not footage from a historical Civil Rights movie or a clip from a documentary of the 60s. This was real life in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
I have been a little delayed in writing anything on Charlottesville. As a Virginian, the pain was too fresh. As an African-American woman, the anger was too raw. As a citizen of this country, my frustration was too overwhelming. I am appalled, yet not surprised, that this is the fractured state that we find the “United” States in at this moment in time. Racism is a deadly societal virus that reproduces hate and contaminates the soul of our communities. It is an incurable disease that has proven to be resistant to protests, marches, policies and speeches. It knows no decade nor generational divide.
As I have tried to sort through and understand the hate that we all witnessed, the phrase that has repeatedly come to mind is “God is love” (1 John 4:8). When confronted with hate, we can take comfort in the fact that we can dwell in Him. God’s love will shelter us from the hate that surrounds us. In the end, love wins.