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Advent day 22: the only answer I have

Sometimes I feel like I am cheating people. Sometimes I feel like I am copping out. Sometimes it feels like I am a charlatan, a snake oil salesmen.

Maybe it’s cliched, maybe you’re tired of hearing it. Maybe you never believed it in the first place, Maybe you’re incapable of hearing it any more.

And yet, I feel it has to be said, because frankly, it is the only left that can be said.

There is only one solution to what is wrong with the world, and that is love. Not sentimentality, not rosy feelings, but love. Agape love. Selfless, other-regarding, indiscriminate goodwill toward all of humanity, not just those for which you have an affinity. This is the answer. This has to be the answer. The only other options are violence, separation, and division. We’ve been trying those for centuries and they’ve solved nothing. But love as a holistic strategy or social movement has only been tried sporadically and in fits and starts. If agape became our policy, what would our world look like?

So sorry. Love is the only answer I have. Ask me again and I’ll tell you the same. Love is the answer. It is the only answer.

About derricklweston

Father of two. I co-host God Complex Radio, a show highlighting progressive voices in the faith community. (godcomplexradio.com) I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. I like lots of stuff. Sometimes I write about that stuff.


One thought on “Advent day 22: the only answer I have

  1. Thank you for your faithful posting during this busy season, Derrick! Your post today made me think of this quote by Johnny Depp:

    “There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”

    ― Johnny Depp

    Posted by EvansMcGowan | December 24, 2012, 5:05 pm

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