Meekness As A Form of Resistance
The idea of meekness in western culture has taken on an unfortunate connotation of weakness. There is hardly even a virtue that we admire that remotely mimics the virtue of meekness. Far from being weak, a meek person is the person who endures undesirable circumstances, with the understanding that it's all part of a bigger plan.
The meek do not simply wither away under such circumstances -- the are, rather, like steel rods in a hurricane. Strong, unyielding to the forces upon them, stoic, silent, and peaceful.
The question then becomes, how can we practice meekness as a form of resistance? In my opinion, it's to actively love.
Most likely, if you are a member of The Banquet, chances are you are not a Trump supporter. It's likely you were heartbroken over the election and what's taken place since. It's also likely that you've lost a few friends or family members, that you've exchanged a few words. I get it.
What if we could stop being baited?
I'm not saying stop protesting, stop your activism, stop voting. No.
But what if you only jumped into social media fights when it really mattered?
What if you brought a Trump supporter some banana bread?
What if you loved the person you love to hate?
Here are three activities that you can put into practice that might help you practice meekness:
1. Take someone who has different political views than you out to lunch. Your treat. Don't talk politics.
2. Practice listening. Without thinking about what you're going to say in response. Don't respond for once. Just listen.
3. When someone who is different (and you find annoying) is in front of you, stop and find Jesus in them. Try to imagine that this person is Jesus. See how you respond to them differently, and share it in our Facebook group.