Sometimes it’s a good thing to re-think what we think about significant things. This week’s texts led me to re-think what love might look like these days. We all know what love looks like at least in a lot of situations. I am especially interested in what it might mean to love people in our online and other less personal interactions.
There is something about the simplistic binaries that lead to so-called “cancel culture” that is diametrically opposed to what it means to love people. We seem to have become willing to jump all over someone on the basis of a single post or tweet or meme. I have heard people say the internet is “no place for nuance” but I dispute this. It is possible to have significant conversation happen on the internet, however, it takes work.
I think Paul and his visit to the Areopagus demonstrate the possibility of engaging respectfully with others. Perhaps the bigger question is, Are we willing?