Over the last century our family has been through the worst global upheavals of history, including two world wars. On my Father’s side all his family, with the exception of one survivor, were murdered in the ovens at Auschwitz. This was the result of extreme Right Nazi politics.
Post World War 2 our family was split by the extreme Left politics of Stalin, communism and the resulting cold war.
In Ireland, our family survived the “troubles” that split a nation with the politics of violence and anarchy.
And now we see anger and hatred dividing the world in a social revolution of “identity politics”. This has fallen to the level of people saying: ‘if you don’t agree with me I don’t want to know you’. Even splitting families!
Take the riots at Berkeley University where windows have been smashed and fires lit in riots AGAINST freedom of speech. 50 years ago there were riots FOR freedom of speech at the same university. The world has gone crazy.
So what can we learn from history that can help us today?
Through the global upheavals of the last century our family has seen the overcoming triumph of family love. This love has won out over Nazism, Communism, Anti-Semitism, anarchy, murder, violence and global war.
Family love has its source in the love between Father God and his beloved son Jesus. It is the glue that holds the world together and delivers hope for the future.
The Apostle Peter concluded his life with these words: “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8).
So let us treasure family love as the greatest redeeming force for good in the universe and let it guide us through life as undivided overcomers.