Wonder if it is good timing to consider loving our enemies? Last week we witnessed the celebration of a great President. One of his chief accomplishments, according to some, came in the instilling of national pride – people loved to be American again. We spend eight years with a not so great President and we wonder if we are glad to be represented to the world at all. What will make the kind of differences Reagan made with his statement, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
How about love? I heard Jack Caputo describe Jesus as “The Deconstructor.” One of the places to which he referred were Jesus’ statements beginning ,”You have heard it said … but I say to you.” Herein, Jesus “deconstructs” conventional wisdom, popular philosophy and reveals the Kingdom way. A restructuring/reconstruction/reformulation of what it is to be fully human as God intends – we will love the way God loves.
What serves as the most prominent display of this love? Surely we intially consider the death of Jesus, the Christ. Could it be the motivation of love for his enemies drove God to offer his Son? Jesus said, “love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven.”
Could it be the most telling way to demonstrate godly love would come in our love for our enemies? Not tolerance. Not niceness. Not avoidance. Not neglect. But, love.
How would this fit for the follower of Jesus, the Christ when it comes to our national enemies, personal enemies, corporate enemies, relational enemies, denominational enemies (can we really say this?)?
We would be complete, whole, perfect were we to love our enemies. Wouldn’t we?