I'm supposed to be working on my Early Christian History mid-term, but I can't stop thinking about this:
Is there any point in being a non-violent activist if you are not coming from a place of love? Is activism still non-violent if one doesn't care that one is being divisive, tearing down rather than building up?
I'm preaching on these two texts at chapel next week. I am feeling very convicted by Paul's words. The implications of loving one's enemy -- feeding your enemy, rather than dropping a bomb (literally, or metaphorically) on him/her -- are profound but are leading me into some uncomfortable places in some things I'm involved in, as I try to discern what is the right, yet loving, thing to do.
Anyway...back to logos and soteria and gnosticism...