Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Many of us can remember slogan lapel buttons: “I LIKE IKE,” “BEAM ME UP SCOTTIE,” “MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR.”
Recently, I was given a slogan button which I suggest trumps every other slogan on the market today: “Make America KIND Again!”
The absence of kindness is a malignancy destroying our personal interactions, our community dialogues, our national politics, our international relationships, and our faith conversations. In place of kindness, we practice malice, lies, revenge, fear, and threats. It is obvious that these tactics produce only division, suppression, anger, injustice – all in an attempt to provide and protect our selfish security.
On the other hand, kindness produces dialogue, respect, mutuality, oneness, reconciliation, and redemption of our entire universe. Without a commitment to kindness, the end result is a people who end up devouring each other (Galatians 5:15), leaving us with a landscape of rotting skeletons.
Kindness is not a milk-toast pablum of weak and watery spinelessness. Kindness is a daring, courageous, compassionate, risky stance of respectful listening and engagement to find strategies for the welfare of ALL people.
Kindness is based on the conviction that EACH of us is a child of God. Kindness also is dedicated to the principle that it is amazing what can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.