(Tough) Love Your Enemies

This video reminds me of an older lady who was attending my school in fall of 2001.  I always thought she was a sweet older Christian lady.  Then, the class after the planes hit the towers, she was saying nasty things like, ‘let’s kill them all,’ and stuff like that.  It really surprised me.  Love your enemies? Bomb your enemies?  Wish death threats on your enemies?

Nope, I’m sorry. That doesn’t work as a Christian.  Pretty sure that disqualifies you.

John 13:35 – “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

The thing that distinguishes Christians from non-Christians is that they love people that are hard to love.  Anyone can love their kids, or their spouse, or Grandma, but it’s another story to wish the best for the Soviet Russian guard who beats you when you won’t renounce your faith.

This is what made the retelling Betsie ten Boom’s (Corrie’s sister) story so powerful.  She had amazing love for the Nazi guards, even through the horrors.

Moses prayed that save the Israelites rather than himself.  Paul wished that he could be accursed if the people of his nation could be saved.  Jesus prayed that the people crucifying him would be forgiven because they didn’t realize the magnitude of what they were doing, even if they were brutal.

Romans 12:14 – Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

* And as always on this topic, a disclaimer: loving enemies and forgiveness does not mean you have to ignore wrongs or place yourself in harmful situations if you have a choice.  Sometimes the best way to love a person (and the people they affect) is to put them in jail for a long, long time.  But they still need the gospel, and there’s still hope for them.

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