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John Lennon and Love over Fear

While working on this week’s sermon, and pondering why we seem so divided these days, I stumbled, by accident or grace, upon these words from John Lennon:

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance…”

As someone who is anxious by nature, very susceptible to fear, I can attest to the ‘pull back from life.’ There are lots of reasons to fear. But there is no future in fear. So I choose to love, to trust, to believe in life despite the fear. It is a conscious and daily choice.

America is a place that was created from a vision of a future, one of equality and democracy, of liberty and justice. Fear will not get us there. Only love can do that. We have to love our country into the future – love it and love its people, love its strengths and its weaknesses, love its best and worst moments.

We have reasons to fear, without doubt. But as it says somewhere ‘love casts out fear.’ Choose love. At bottom, before everything else, that is my politics, to choose love.

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