The difficult work of promoting peace

“If our goal is to progress beyond defamation against LGBT persons, then that means GLAAD has a sell-by date.” As well it should.

But that’s not what I really took away from this TIME article. (Go read the whole thing for some context.) It’s the last two paragraphs that really hit my ‘truth nerve’:

There’s a famous quote (most likely apocryphal) often attributed to Mother Teresa that I think applies to both the Duck Dynasty/GLAAD fiasco and the greater political context which frames it. After declining an invitation to an anti-war rally, she is said to have explained, “If you have a pro-peace rally, invite me.” Whatever the true origin of the quote, the idea is that rallying against war is pointless, but doing the difficult work of promoting peace is a better way to effect lasting and seismic changes.

In the same way, speaking out against defamation is a noble thing to do. But gracing our conversation and behavior with the compassion that is sometimes lacking from our loudest political battles – that is more than noble. It’s kind.

If both sides were pro-compassion instead of anti-the-opposition, the problem would be behind us a lot sooner.


2 thoughts on “The difficult work of promoting peace

  1. Are you pro-peace then Jeff? Hehe I read the GQ article and it was not pleasant because of the reporter’s attitude and one comment by Phil. I thought he came off ok though, for being conservative Christian.

    1. You know, I never read the GQ article so I really can’t have an opinion on it. I’ve been paying attention somewhat to the aftermath, and I find it really sad.

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