Matthew 5: 43-48 “43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Your Good News Story of the Day is a man who has used love to help those who he should hate, those who hate him, and in his efforts has turned many of them from enemies into friends. That man is Daryl Davis, an African-American who has gotten to know hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members in his life and helped, in his own words, over 200 of them leave the KKK and he has the robes of dozens of them in his closet to prove it.
It all started 30 years ago when he was performing live in a bar. A white man approached Daryl and said he’d never seen a black man play piano like Jerry Lee Lewis before. Daryl, being a musician and personally knowing Jerry Lee Lewis, told him Lewis learned to play from black boogie-woogie and blues music. The man didn’t believe Daryl, but invited him to have a drink at his table. The conversation that ensued did not immediately make the man give up his hate; but it did make him think. Further conversation and a budding friendship eventually made him change his heart and leave the group.
This kind of love, the loving resistance of hate, is that kind of love that will change lives – if not the world. “You cannot hate the hate out of a person. You cannot beat the hate out of a person. But you can love it out of a person,” says Daryl. “It is learned behaviour and it is learned through dialogue, if you can learn hate and racism through dialogue, you can also unlearn it through dialogue. And I have proven that. Scott has proven that by sitting down and listening to somebody of another opinion…they are unlearning their hate through dialogue and that’s what’s very important.”
You will find more about Daryl Davis, his method, and his remarkable story in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from CBC