This past week I watched two movies about civil war. One was about the Bougainville civil war between Papa New Guinea, The war has been described as the largest conflict in Oceania since the end of World War II. The other was about the Nigerian civil war, over the two and half years of the war, two million civilians died from forced famine and fighting. The brutal scenes of brothers and sisters killing each other pained me. I began to think of how so many wars have devastated countries and people lives.
I recently finish reading “A Radical King” a book on the philosophical views of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He spoke often on agape love and the need for this type of love in the world. Agape love is not a feeling; it’s a motivation for action that we are free to choose or reject. Agape is a sacrificial love. Sacrificial love is a determined act of will, a joyful resolve to put the welfare of others above our own. From my personal experience of growth, I do not believe this type of love comes naturally to humans. For me, it has only been through the maturity of my relationship with the Creator have I become capable of agape love. For I believe the true source of agape love is from the Creator.
I choose to be an ambassador of agape love. I choose to continue to love my neighbor non-judgmentally. I choose equality and justice for ALL of mankind. See I believe deep rooted change can only begin with a reform in our individual hearts. Agape love must be in our hearts in order for true transformation to occur. We need an international movement of agape love to end the cycle of oppression. For the opposite of love is fear and fear breeds hate, hate breeds dissension, division and wars. We have traveled down and continue to travel down this path of destruction. And throughout history and present times we see where this leads us as a nation and humanity.
The power of love is seen through equality and justice. Love does not turn a blind eye but lends a helping hand.