RESPONDING TO HATE: A REFLECTION ON THE MURDER OF DRUMMER LEE RIGBY

28th May 2013

Bad news sells newspapers. As a result we live in a world where, as one commentator put it, "the evening news is a summery of what the devil has been up to for the last 24 hours."

Drummer Lee RigbyHe certainly appeared to be at work last week when an apparent car crash is Woolwich rapidly turned into a gruesome murder scene. Drummer Lee Rigby is the latest casualty in a world where proponents of terror appear to have lost any vestige of moral values. Unfortunately the violence and hate is not one sided. The response to this latest 'act of terror' may have been restrained from some quarters but has pushed others to new levels of hate.

How do I respond? In a six minute video reflection, Pastor Ian Sweeney, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK and Ireland, ponders on the words of Jesus, "Love your enemies" [Matthew 5:44].  It is not an easy option, but for the Christian love may still be the very best response in a world of hate.  Watch this thoughtful and moving personal reflection as you make your choice: Love or hate?  Which one will change my world?

Photo of Drummer Lee Rigby used under Open Government Licence v1.0.

[Ian Sweeney]


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