Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Love Your Enemies

Jesus taught us to love our enemies. It is a strange idea. If you love your enemies, are they still your enemies? I don't know. What do you think?

To be honest, as I think out bout this. I can't think of anyone who is my enemy.

There are lots of people who have different beliefs and values than I have.

But I wouldn't say they are my enemies.

I love religious people.
I love irreligious people.
I love Muslims.
I love Jews.
I love Hindus.
I love Buddhists.
I love Sikhs.
I love Atheists.
I love Communists.
I love Capitalists.
I love Republican and Democrat people.
I love Liberals, NDP, and Conservative people.
I love Catholics.
I love Calvinists.
I love Jehovah Witnesses.
I love Secularists.
I love New Agers.
I love alcoholics.
I love teenagers.
I love people who have filthy language.
I love government workers.
I love lawyers.
I love the tax man.
I love telemarketers.

And I love people who don't fit into any of the above categories.

I may be at odds with many different ideas, beliefs, and ideologies. But that doesn't mean I don't love those people.

I confess I sometimes I don't act like I love others. I have a human condition where I sometimes act before I think.

But when I stop to think about it. None of these groups of people are my enemies. I truly believe Jesus loves everyone, and wants us to follow His example.

Matt 5:43 - 48 (HCSB)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
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