DON’T Fight Fire With Fire

I found this on Tumblr yesterday with the caption “This gives me hope for the world.”

In the midst of chaos and destruction, of the violence, of the riots, of the looting across the UK, their kindness gives me hope too. God help us. Is peace really so hard to believe in?

I am reminded again of the love needed in open human lives.

Sitting across from someone today, I read a newspaper headline that read, “POLICE SAY THEY WILL FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE”. I respond, “WHY?” Remember Martin Luther King…

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Our world is broken. But we can’t ‘fight fire with fire’. What’s the point in that? Fight fire with fire, and the whole world goes up in flames. And so you ask, “what’s the alternative then?” Fight darkness with light. Hold up a mirror to those who hurt. Let them see their injustice. And love them as fellow human beings. I’m not saying it’s simple. Or easy. I remember how many people died in Mahatma Gandhi’s attempts to bring peace. How Jesus got crucified for his vision of peace.

It’s not simple. But perhaps it’s possible to bring the world together. What I do know is, fight fire with fire, and it never will be.

From the liturgy of our Eucharistic (thanksgiving) service: Let us persue all that makes for peace.

Want to see some good news? Click the link in this sentence: I’d love if it they put a bit more of this in the news headlines. Fr Simon Morris, the curate of St Marys Tottenham, describes how their Church has sprung into action. He gives an account of what life (whether church-specific or not) should be all about. Love. Helping, sharing, giving…

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