How are we supposed to live with people with whom we fundamentally disagree?

In this poignant sermon by the Rev. Dr. Renita Weems, renowned preacher in the African Methodist church and writer about women’s spiruality, we are posed with the question: “How are we supposed to live with people with whom we fundamentally disagree?” Dr. Weems reflects on the lessons of the day from the book of Genesis, where the brothers of Joseph conspire to kill him; from the Gospel of St. Luke, in which Jesus tells us to love your enemies, and do good to those who curse you; and on the preachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Click here to enjoy this fantastic sermon by Dr. Renita Weems, who preaches at Washington National Cathedral on the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

How do you love your enemies? We disarm them with love. … How different the church would be, how different our world would be, if we would realize that Jesus does not call us to the Table to celebrate a bastion of sameness; be that sameness in regard to race, ethnicity, economics, social class, ideology, politics, or polity; these are the things of our human invention. But the Bible understands that we are not homogeneous. We are different. And yet we are invited to the Table. To work out our differences? To agree? To overlook? Jesus gives us no answer. He just says … “Do this in remembrance of me.” … Just keep coming to the Table.

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