What would love do?

by Greg Mackie

We're all familiar with "What would Jesus do?" Well, to me, A Course in Miracles is all about "What would love do?"

I like to follow current events, and in the past month, three have been of special interest to me: President Obama's executive order on immigration (especially important to me because I live in Mexico and my partner works with migrants and human rights defenders), the saga surrounding the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, and the recently released US Senate report on torture.

We all have our opinions, including me. And it's fine to have opinions and share them with others — we need to talk about these things and come together to find solutions to the problems that confront us. But one thing that has disturbed me again and again in regard to issues like these is the degree of hatred and anger I've seen from people on all sides. Reading the online comments on articles about these issues is a chilling experience. People are at each other's throats, shouting at each other rather than listening to each other. I want to say, along with Rodney King, "Can we all get along?"

Which brings me to the Course. It asks us again and again in one form or another: What would love do? (One version: "What should I do for him, Your holy Son?" — S-2.III.5:1) That's what I yearn for all of us to ponder when contemplating the issues we're so prone to fight over: If I truly loved everyone involved — those who seem to be victimized, those who seem to be victimizers, those who agree with me, those who disagree with me, everyone impacted by the situation in any way — what would I do?

these situations are complicated, and if we're honest with ourselves, we have to admit that our views are not as self-evident as we think. We do have to talk it over with each other, and so my question is this: How would our discussions be transformed if we conducted them with a true spirit of love for everyone involved? Would we not be much more likely to come up with solutions to these problems that are truly loving and beneficial for everyone concerned?

I think so, and this is one reason I'm so grateful for the Course. It teaches me both how to truly love everyone and how to express that love in the world as the Holy Spirit guides me. What a different world we would live in if all of us could learn this! So this holiday season, as we celebrate the birth of a man who counseled us to love not only our neighbors but also our enemies, a man who in the Course tells us we have no enemies, I hope you'll join with me in asking: What would love do?

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