Love Stands for the Oppressed and the Forgotten

By Simran Jeet Singh

We mean this in multiple senses.

Love stands for the oppressed and forgotten in that it represents those whose voices go unheard. Those whose God-given sovereignty is taken from them, those who are enslaved and those who are marginalized – love represents them. They are oppressed and forgotten, but they are not erased, precisely because love always stands to represent them.

Love stands for the oppressed and forgotten in that it speaks, acts, and moves for those who need it most. Love is not passive. It is active. Love is movement. Love flows over. It is when we are submerged in love that the best versions of our souls emerge. The overflowing of love spills into action and movement. Love does not sit. It is ever flowing, constantly moving towards those those who need it most.

Love stands for the oppressed and forgotten in that it always remains. Love withstands the test of time. It is not subject to the rules of this world. In fact, it is not subject to rules of any kind. Love is unconditional. Love is truth. Love is love is love is love.

What is love?

True love is a way of living such that we see our divine beloved permeating the entire world. True love is erasing our sense of self and merging with the beloved. True love is feeling connected.

Love is the recognition that we are all divine, yet we are all suffering. To love is to commit to eradicating the suffering of our world. To love is to serve.

Love, in all these senses, stands for the oppressed and the forgotten. This is what my Sikh values teach me.

Questions for today:

What are the unique qualities of love that make it timeless?

In what ways have you witnessed love-inspired action in your own life?

What steps must we take as a society to be able to love and serve the oppressed and forgotten?

Simran Jeet Singh is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity University. He also serves as Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition and Truman National Security Fellow for the Truman National Security Project. Follow his work — @SikhProf and www.simranjeetsingh.org.