Meditation On Psalm 3

American Nazi, Paper Cutout, Phillip Schwartz 


Rise up, O Lord; set me free, O my God; surely, you will strike all my enemies across the face, you will break the teeth of the wicked.


There is nothing wrong with being angered and enraged by bigotry and cruelty. Jesus and the prophets all spoke out strongly against injustice. We can exercise our right to demonstrate peacefully in protest when we are confronted by hate groups, but let’s leave striking our enemies and breaking the teeth of the wicked to God, and confront those who preach hate with as much patience and love as we can muster.

Phillip Schwartz


One thought on “Meditation On Psalm 3

  1. I love that you said confront the hate with patience and love. One of my all time favorite quotes is from Dr. Martin Luther King which of course I can not remember exactly but its essence is that hate can not conquer hate only love can do that. Witnessing for love showing patience is such hard work in the situation we find ourselves in and it becomes harder when there seems to be no way to break through the hate and bigotry of many now coming into the light. Maybe that is the point! When they take off the mask, remove the hood and come into the light it is easier to identify them and hold them accountable for what they say and do. Maybe the lesson in all of this is that each of us needs to be accountable for his or her actions and not hide behind a mask or a screen. When you look in someone’s eyes, hold their hand or feel their breath it is much harder to hate and see differences.

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