By Love Your Enemies I Do Indeed Mean Just That, Or, Nah Just Read The First Title

If you polled a random passerbyer on the street here in Oregon about what they associate with Christianity and its adherents, I’d expect you’d get a lot of responses about all the causes we’re against quite vocally.

Right now we’ve got a few more controversies where we haven’t, in general, taken the best route. Examples that come to mind include the Mosque near Ground Zero, the Burn-A-Koran Day, and the recent outburst against Stephan Hawking.

I’m not going to spend any time punching holes in each of the ways Christians have poorly handed all those situations.

All I want to say is – love your enemies.

And to me – loving your enemies means, well loving them, and not fighting against them. It’s the opposite, you see. You have someone you’re opposed to, and well, that typically leads to a fight. Jesus didn’t prefer that system, and instead told us to love them.

It may mean not engaging in arguments with them (especially if you don’t know how to argue well), even though we’re right and the other side is so misled. Because Christians tell the truth, yes, but the truth is in our love, not our ability to shut others down in debate.

So yeah, Stephan Hawking may have now said the universe could have began existing without God. Yeah we can debate him and argue, but I really do think our love is far more compelling than whatever set of words we string together. Let’s be honest, we’re probably not going to convince Stephan to believe in God – for a variety of reasons – and treating him like an enemy only drives him further away.

But what could bring him to our odd little fold? If the people around him loved him – because that’s something that pierces more than words. We want to stand up for what is true and defend it, but love is not merely a part of that, it is the whole.

Coming up next, in anticipation of that aforementioned Koran burning happening on September 11, this Saturday: how in this instance loving our enemies, in fact, means loving Terry Jones and Dove World Outreach Center.

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2 Responses to By Love Your Enemies I Do Indeed Mean Just That, Or, Nah Just Read The First Title

  1. David says:

    I think all these flash opinion polls are retarded. For those that know God, and beleive the Bible – which is only about 20% of the 80% of Americans that say they believe in Him – this stuff is sad, maddening, and elementary.

    – The Mosque issue: There is a real conflict between Islam and Christianity. It started way back in Genesis with Abraham’s 2 sons, Isaac and Ishmael. One, the father of Judaism and the other the father of what is now Islam. It will end in Armageddon. It is a conflict that will involve Israel and the nations of Islam in a real battle.

    Because Christians have the same God as Isreal, we are in the conflict as well. However; ours is a SPIRITUAL conflict, not one addressed with NATURAL means.

    Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

    The mosque builders have every right to build the mosque, they are Americans. Insensitive? I suppose.

    Qur ‘an Burning: I am agree love your enemies!

    Acts 19:19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.

    The ones that burned these idols of worship had converted to Christianity and this was a sign. No one burned the items for them.

    Retarded and inflammatory.

    Stephan Hawking: Why don’t we just love him in spite of his views? Retarded.

    I will say, that there are some Christian religious folks that need their tables overturned, but not in the public media. This should be one-on-one as prescribed by the Bible. I am so saddened by the web sites that denounce folks for this and that, when the person writing about it has never been to a meeting with the minister they are writing about.

    • you raise a great point at the end – one I’ve thought about expanding upon before you even mentioned it. Sometimes, for me, loving my enemies means loving Dove outreach/Terry Jones – but we are to love our enemies and our neighbor – and I think the ones who should really focus on loving them are fellow Christians in their area. It does no good to denounce from afar, it likely doesn’t do much.

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