Walking the Beatitudes takes guts, it takes Love, it takes Jesus. In the face of hate, hate with weapons to kill, rage that screams, we turn to Jesus. What would Jesus do, we ask?
In Charlottesville, the clergy stared down the white supremacists.
"It really felt like every step you take could be your last. With each step, I just kept holding on to the call to love," reported Rev. Lisa Sharon Harper.
"It felt like Selma after Bloody Sunday," Rev. Seth Wispelwey commented.
Weeks prior to the Charlottesville supremacists' rage-full demonstrations, faith groups had been providing training in nonviolence. If we walk the Beatitudes with Jesus, we must be nonviolent.
On Friday night when the people of faith were at a prayer service, a group of torch-bearing white supremacists unexpectedly stormed onto the campus of the University of Virginia campus directly across the street from the church, shouting hate-filled slogans. They also faced the the church and maced one woman when she attempted to leave.
The clergy immediately closed the church doors, instructing the people to stay inside and continued in their leadership of prayer and hymn singing.
As followers of Jesus, what does Love call us to do and be?
Facts reported in this blog are based on reporting from ThinkProgress.org
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