Love Your Enemies

Posted Feb 10, 2020 by Staff


Thanks Dr. Brown for your willingness to speak to difficult issues. Forgiveness over all is a huge problem (at least for me) much along the lines of the problem with pain/evil in the world. From a philosophical, theological and sociological stand point I can give full agreement and attest that our Lord and Savior not only commands us but empowers us to forgive. It is at the human/living room level I struggle with this, especially when I attempt to comfort/minister to others. Part of what I find concerning in reference to speech (knowing the tongue is fire - James 3:6) is some of what is deemed offensive is just part of communication and not specifically designed to harm. This is more likely to call out hypocrisy, like when Jesus called the leaders white washed tombs, or when Jesus called followers blind and other names. In regards to the President and Congressional leaders, I have come to look at what is being done more than what is being said. For the Presidents part his speech is less than it should be on the surface, but what he does for his enemies goes unnoticed or at least not factored in to this type of analysis. I saw how vitriolic his disagreement with Senator McCain was but how he treated his family with respect and gentleness when he passed. Also Elijah Cummings, who was no friend of the President, was spoken of kindly by the President upon his death. There are other instances of what I would say are the President’s attempts to “work across the aisle” and in some cases reconcile with his opponents/enemies but these get little mention or consideration. As I indicated, I struggle with this issue especially when others are attacked and hurt by not just words but the actions of some. I fully agree with loving our enemies in that if my enemy was in need I would hope (and do pray) I would do all that I could to help them. Thanks again for your willingness and humility in addressing this issue.

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