Thursday, March 11, 2010

WE GET TO MAKE THE CHOICE...LOVE...LAW...OR VIOLENCE


AND LAW IS A FORM OF VIOLENCE BECAUSE IT IS A VIOLATION OF LOVE


I had a friend tell me once that laws are put in place to settle disputes so people don't have to deal with one another relationally. Then several months later they make some choices that just left me dumbfounded and still does to this day. Relationships are hard. Believe me, I understand that. Getting caught up in defending turf and ones own interests as an individual at the expense of everyone else, without the ability to see the bigger picture makes relating with others in a healthy loving way impossible. There's those self sabotaging expectations getting in the way again.

I guess with all of that being the case, living in a place like America where the rule of law has taken hold is better than living in a place like Kenya where when tribal disputes surface horrific acts of violence boil over. Even so...I think both scenarios suck. Where love and compassion and forgiveness and harmony are absent, people are just left ripping each other apart whether cold steel weapons are being used or not.

1 comment:

Aida said...

Another great post, Kent. I guess in society trying to do away with all laws just wouldn’t work because until people understand love, they’re likely to kill one another as has happened in Kenya as well as here to a lesser extent.

However, when laws are applied to a relationship, they end up killing the relationship. As you pointed out, relationships are hard but laws not only make them harder, they make them impossible because it’s impossible to have an authentic relationship that is held together by laws.