Our struggle is not against flesh and blood

The apostle Paul said that “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world…”

I love this verse. Other human beings are not our enemy. People of all faiths, of all races, in all lands are our sisters and brothers, all God’s children, every one worthy of love and dignity, as we too are worthy.

Love is what makes the world go round. Hate divides us. Fear gives rise to hate. Greed motivates the strategic cultivation of fear and hate. Our struggle is against the social, economic, and political structures that facilitate unchecked greed and breed fear and hate.

Today, perhaps more than ever in our lifetimes, we have a duty to enter this struggle. Let us love defiantly. Let us refuse to hate. Let us refuse to comply with the forces of hate and injustice. Let us extend the circle of compassion to all of humanity.