As much as we’d like to see Nazis get punched in the face,
It’s wrong to punch people in the face.
Even racist, bigoted, Nazis.
Even racist bigots who feel emboldened by the support of the President of the United States.
We live in interesting and difficult times.
Hate crimes are on the rise, emboldened by Nazis, bigots, and racists roaming our city streets and our halls of power.
Much as we might like to punch them for being racist haters, we must remember that hate can not drive out hate.
“Do not be overcome by evil,” Paul wrote to the church in Rome, “but overcome evil with good.”
Darkness and light can not exist in the same place. Light will drive out darkness.
It’s tempting to respond to angry headlines with anger. But anger can not drive out anger. Anger and joy can not exist in the same place.
Respond with joy.
Yes, we live in interesting and difficult times — racism and bigotry are mainstreamed.
But joy, happiness, and love are the answers. Not punching people in the face.
Overcome evil with good.