“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (There is argument over who gets the attribution for this quote, but it is a good thought, eloquently stated)
Being involved in resistance against evil simply means doing something instead of nothing. Resistance against evil might take some of us out onto front lines of a big battle. But resistance also looks like refusing to think ill of somebody. Or choosing to adapt your comfortable language to incorporate phrases or pronouns that require some work, some practice, some discomfort. Resistance means not being idle or oblivious to encroaching evil, in whatever ways we can.
Resistance is both individual and corporate, to be examined then practiced as we can. Usually when we realize that something is making its way into the midstream that has potential for harm, or might even have that feeling of being evil, we have to ask ourselves, individually and in a group, what will we believe? What actions will we support and which will we resist? And how will we resist? Being a religious person does not mean being nice and friendly—yes, we may be nice, but it means knowing how to mount resistance against our family, friends, neighbors, and ourselves being mistreated.
Why might we be thinking about resistance, as a congregation? While there are many answers to that query, let me give just a few ideas. The three holidays at the beginning of April are all about resisting oppression, however different the forms or oppressors. Ramadan for Muslims, Passover for Jews, and Good Friday and Easter for Christians all call their people to be resilient. As Unitarian Universalists, we are bound together in our resistance to oppression. Working together, holding a common view of freedom, is how we faithfully resist.
This month, bring a friend to any or all of the services, so that they might feel buoyed in their own journeys. None of us is alone.
In peace with love,