If you’re anything like me, when you see terrorism in the news, you get angry. I mean you probably get afraid first, but then you get angry.
In light of yesterday’s news however, I actually felt awe.
Despite his acts of terrorism, cold blooded murder and hate preaching, paramedics from our National Health Service fought to save that man’s life.
Despite his depravity they displayed dignity, not just their own dignity, but his as well.
This kind of kindness is incredible to me.
Hospitality in the face of such hostility seems so counter-cultural and yet breath-taking.
I’m reminded of what Martin Luther King Jr said once:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
There’s someone else who lived this way too:
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
I am increasingly convinced that repaying hostility with hostility just doesn’t work… I’m not sure it ever has.
Did that terrorist deserve dignity? Almost certainly not… but I think that’s what makes it so beautiful… that’s where the hope is.