As I mentioned last week I want to explore for a few days reconciliation. Luis and my friend Charlie have already sent me some things to think about, and I’m sure there suggestions will find their way into our discussion. I want to encourage all of you to weigh in either by sending me your thoughts by email or commenting on the website at www.thehubbellpew.com.
Love has no limitations. It makes for larger circles.
Last week I introduced our conversation by saying reconciliation begins and ends with Love. We all have different beliefs — Christian, Jewish, Sufi, Buddhist, Muslim, and there are many subsets as well, but the one thing each has in common is each religion believes it is right. Once we have found where the light shines brightest for each of us, we too believe we are right, and that it is a lot easier to be righteous than reconciled.
Yet, we also realize to love is what we are each called to do. Jesus told us to be in love with God and to love one another. Love is not about being right. Love is about being in a relationship with God and our neighbors, and to love requires reconciliation no matter hard that is.
So how do we begin?
It seems to me that one way is to recognize that we all in the same boat. We all have our failings and are wrong at times, and thus reconciliation begins when we stop setting ourselves apart and judging. Another person’s beliefs, actions, and values may be abhorrent to us, just as ours may be abhorrent to him. God tells us to leave the judging to him, and not withdraw. Separating from our neighbors, condemning one another, and hurting one another is not an option. We must remain in a relationship with all, and once we recognize our commonality we can begin to reconcile.
As I said this is a multiple part series. Think about not about what I say, but what you believe and feel, and let me hear from you.