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Love Your Enemies

Posted on: 7-15-112015

Since the attacks on Paris this past Friday, I have seen numerous opinions on what we, as the United States, should or shouldn’t do.  Many say they think our borders should be closed immediately to prevent any Syrian refugees from entering our country, while others think we should do everything we can to help those same refugees.  Many say we should protect our own at any cost, while others say we should protect those from other countries that are in need.  Many say if we allow these refugees in, we are asking for trouble, while others argue that if we don’t allow them in, we are putting them in harm’s way.  Some say that we should take care of the people in our own country who are struggling before we worry about those from outside our walls.  I’ve even heard a lot of people say that we need to do what Jesus would do which is help the refugees. I have to admit, it’s hard to know exactly what to do or how to feel about any of it. There are so many emotions and so many things to consider.  I have to confess that I have been wavering between the two sides.  By nature, I tend to be drawn to helping those in need.  However, I, like many others, have some reservations about allowing these refugees in to our country because there is the fear of them being a part of the terrorist group that may bring an attack on our land.  What if an attack took the life of one of my loved ones?  What if it took the lives of all of my loved ones?  What if my daughters or granddaughters were raped by the terrorists?  What if my loved ones were tortured?  How would I feel then?  When I consider these things, my head screams, “Close the borders!”  It’s not so easy to love someone who may potentially destroy you or your loved ones, is it?  However, Jesus didn’t say we could just love the people who would do us no harm.  He didn’t say we could just love the people we agreed with.  He didn’t say we could just love people when it was easy.  He didn’t say we could just love people who look like us and act like us.  What Jesus said was to love people…all people!  Love those who are for you AND those who are against you.  Love those who help you AND those who hurt you.  Love those who do good to you AND those who don’t.  Love those who love you AND those who hate you.  Love those who are your friend AND those who are your enemy.   It’s not an easy thing to do, but it is what Jesus told us to do.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Matthew 5:44

 

 

 

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