Reflecting further on the sacred masculine as shared by MLK Jr and his mentor, Howard Thurman, we see that the actions and rituals of non-violence flow from a value system and habits (virtues) of putting love first—even love for our enemies.
As Thurman put it, Jesus rests his case for the ultimate significance of life on the love ethic. Love is the intelligent, kind but stern expression of kinship of one individual for another having as its purpose the maintenance and furtherance of life at its highest level.
The scriptures say that “love drives out fear.” Thurman says that “this idea—that God is mindful of the individual—is of tremendous import in dealing with fear as a disease.” Those whose backs are up against the wall, as he puts, it, are constantly given a negative answer to the most important personal questions upon which mental health depends: ‘Who am I? What am I?”
This same question is alive today in congress: Minorities are asking: “Am I a citizen who has a right to vote or not?” All fifty Republican senators and two democratic senators responded in the negative yesterday, a day after a holiday to Martin Luther King Jr. who led the nonviolent revolution to assure that right, a right ripped away from Justice John Roberts’s so-called supreme court in 2013.
Now the green light is lit anew for further voting restrictive laws to be passed in state legislatures around the country (last count was 400 such laws). I hope Mr. Roberts is happy. A majority of American citizens are not.
Racism is alive and well in America. Hatred is alive and well and being defended by laws in what is left of America. Last one out turn off the lights. Oh! Isn’t this good news though—the filibuster is standing! Just not the constitution and the 14th and 15th amendments and the reason why the civil war was fought and civil rights legislation was passed in 1965 and passed again over the previous decades.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Christian Mystics, pp. 212, 208
Also see Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine.
Also see Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox, Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision For a New Generation
To read the transcript for Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “December 10 march for voting rights, Occupy Wall Street 2011” Photo by Michael Fleshman on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
How do you relate what Thurman calls Jesus’s “love ethic” to the senate’s refusal to create national voting rights laws and the “supreme” court’s gutting of the same nine years ago?