"The Candle Of Hate Carries No Light"

My good retired teacher friend, Ramnath Subramanian, has written another above titled thought-provoking article here regarding protests and protesters, in which he quotes from Mahatma Gandhi:

".....in a nonviolent conflict there is no rancor left behind and, in the end, enemies are converted into friends" (source).

Sad to say, we are seeing more violent protests in America than ever before, with some of those protests caused by paid protesters designed to stir up violence.

As Ram states in his above article: "America has become a land where protests are ubiquitous. People take to the streets to cry out against police brutality. They march to challenge wage inequality. They seek redress for infringement of human rights."

There's no question in this writer's mind that injustices exist in American society (or any society) due to selfishness, greed, power (a desire to control others), and a multiplicity of other reasons. However, violence will not change anything for the betterment of mankind, rather (as Ram states): "Victory wears an inspirational crown and endures longer when it is pinnacled upon the altar of ahimsa."

Jesus promoted a similar concept when He gave answer to an inquiring lawyer: "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself' (Matthew 22:36-39; cf. Leviticus 19:18; Romans 13:9-10; Galations 5:14; James 2:8).

Beloved, if we truly love our neighbor as ourselves, would we ever seek to do him any harm? Remember Ram's above article heading: "The candle of hate carries no light."

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets