I would love to hear everyone’s opinion about thi…


I would love to hear everyone’s opinion about this command of Jesus and why after 2,000+ years it remains a daunting task. What would this look like as a personal ethic, and even more, what would it look like on a civil platform that would perhaps extend itself to a national and foreign policy? I will say this, I find that Christians and myself can somehow dodge the hard teachings of Jesus. But why is this hard? Is it possible that God has rewired us with a different LOVE orientation that only makes sense to those pursuing the kingdom. On occasions (fewer than I am proud of), I have earnestly tried to love my enemy and pray for them. And mysteriously, it seems that when we do this command and reach beyond our fundamental nature, something amazing happens that is not logically explainable. Can you think of one person that you hate? Be honest, sometimes we do hate. Could you pray for this person? Please know that I do not write this as though I have perfected it, but over the summer, I found this practice to be liberating and altogether living in tune with the way God has made us. Not trying to be a legalist or the sort, but I really feel that the way we embody such love that is demanded of us has been met with little success, better yet attempt. I know the media is against us, but look at what we do to attract attention. I cannot blame them. I have been watching a lecture by Stanley Hauerwas (Theologian from Duke Divinity School and voted American’s best theologian by TIME in 2001) and he stated that the religiousity and the pursuit of modern evangelicalism that is associated with the religious right is the furthest thing from being a follower of Jesus. And please, do not dismiss Hauerwas simply because he does not come from a Baptist seminary or evangelical background. He is most brilliant because he cannot be put in either a liberal or conservative pigeonhole. You can watch his lecture here.

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[b] and pray for those who persecute you,” Matt 5:43-44

18 ” ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Lev. 19:18

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1 Response to “I would love to hear everyone’s opinion about thi…”


  1. 1 Mike Kasprzykhttp://www.fool.com September 6, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    Andrew,

    This is certainly a touchy subject. One that everyone agrees with; however, is actually the toughest to implement. Why is this still important? Well I would argue that there are different kinds of Love. Rob Bell touches on this in his flame video. You can Love an apple and then you tell your family you Love them. So what’s the deal and what’s the commonality? I think it boils down to Love is universally tough. Meaning that I believe everyone needs to challenge why they dislike someone. Most of the time we dont like someone because of what they do or say. And instead of taking a Christ-Love-Like stand we choose to agrue our thoughts through and not actually care about the other person or what their going through. If everyone focused on the person rather than the problem I would argue that there would be a lot less enemies. Think of it as a fathers Love. You do something for the personal improvement of someone else, not just to prove them wrong or tell them their off track. To sum up this long winded comment. I don’t deserve God’s Love, but he’s given it to me, and Jesus tells us the Greatest Commandment is Love. If God loves me even though I suck, I’m definitely going to at least try and love my enemies. Thanks for your Blog!

    Word,
    Mike


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