Mine Enemy? (Enemy Mine)

So I was thinking about the whole Mosque thing and the war on terror and I wanted to say some things on loving your neighbor. Wait…no…loving your enemies is what I want to cover. We have heard it all before and we know that Christ has commanded it, but have we really lived it? Recent issues with Islam and Terrorism have made me question some things. So here are some ideas on how to show love to your enemies.

1) Listen and pay attention to your enemy’s story. There are many times that Jesus seems to know the path that others were following. Unfortunately, some of us do not have that keen sense of intuition. If you truly want to know your enemy, you have to sit to a cup of tea with him and listen to all he has to say. What you might not be able to do after that is hold on to the concept that he is your enemy.

2) Pray for your enemy. This is not a license to call down fire from heaven on your enemy. God is very adamant that such things should be left up to him. So what do we pray about. Maybe we should try praying that they see the God of Christians as a blesser and not a killer. Pray that they see good things. Pray that they have peace. Pray for them on your own time like this and also ask them if you can pray for them in the same way. If they say yes, then pray all the peace and love that God offers on them.

3) Find what you agree on. Sometimes you will be surprised what you agree on. With Christians and Muslims, we probably disagree on things like who is god, what salvation looks like, and if Jesus is the Messiah. But think of this, what if we both agreed on things like religious freedom. It makes you wonder where that conversation would go.

4) Don’t assume the worst. Maybe the other guy is not your enemy. Maybe he just disagrees. People are always free to choose their own way. You should be ready to try to convince him to turn to God, but not coerce. I don’t assume a Democrat or a Republican are my enemy. I have family that claim those sides (I include the family of God in that statement). I love them just the same, because they see the Spirit guiding them that way. Start exploring other people. See what they mean, what they want, and what their intentions really are.

5) See them as fellow humans. One of the biggest mistakes among Creationists is to not think of other people as part of the created order. Sure, they are adamant that God created all we see, but they sometimes forget to let it dictate how they live. It’s one thing to say “God made man.” It is completely different to say “I will love what God made.”

These are just some of the things to try when living out the Faith of Christ. These things aren’t limited to the events in New York, but all over the country. Like I’ve said before, many mourned the disaster of Sept. 11. Many good, God-fearing Christians mourned that day…

But many Muslims mourned that day too.

So as a man who disagrees with Muslims, but loves them through Christ, I say think on these things. Walk the harder path. Don’t just do the easy thing.

Grace and peace.


3 thoughts on “Mine Enemy? (Enemy Mine)

  1. Russell, this is a fantastic post. You’ve said a lot of really good things.

    – “What you might not be able to do after that is hold on to the concept that he is your enemy.” This is so true; Muslims ought not to be our enemies at all, because we are not at all theirs. I have more Muslim friends in Australia (by far) than Christian friends, and they have been without doubt the most generous and loving people towards me that I’ve ever known. Notice I didn’t say “among the most,” but “THE most.” And by the way, to Muslims, Christians and Jews are “people of the Book” – part of the same family – and are bound for heaven, not doomed to hell.

    – “Sometimes you will be surprised what you agree on.” Indeed, we agree on an awful lot. As far as doctrine goes, the only substantial difference between Islam and Christianity – albeit a fundamental one – regards who Jesus is. Otherwise, we are far more alike than different, from the stories in our respective holy books down to our liturgy. We are a part of the same religious family, after all. Two corrections, though: we don’t disagree on who God is (except as regards Jesus), and Muslims do in fact believe that Jesus is the Messiah. The Quran calls Jesus “Messiah.”

    – “It’s one thing to say ‘God made man.’ It is completely different to say ‘I will love what God made.'” Enough said. I couldn’t possibly have said it any better.

    And regarding 9/11, “Muslims” didn’t do that; a handful of radicalists who are not representative of mainstream Islam did it. All of my Muslim friends adamantly protest what Al-Qaida is doing and have assured me many times that this is not Islam. And, after reading through about half of the Quran now, I’m confident that it isn’t, in the same way that the radicalists who have bombed abortion clinics in the name of Christianity are not representative of Christ and Christianity. Just as many Muslims mourned that day as anyone else.

    This is something that is very close to my heart as of late. The Muslims I know are absolutely phenomenal, pious, compassionate and loving human beings who love God. There’s just no reason why we can’t all get along. Thanks for writing such a thoughtful and Christianly tolerant post.

    • Thanks for the reply on this, Benji. I find it odd that certain Christians believe that they are the moral and spiritual judges of humanity. Sure, we are the example of Christ and His way, but there are certain parts of our text that seem to imply that God is judge, and other parts are explicit in that fact. We are given a way to live as Christians, but judging people in an absolute manner is God’s responsibility (He’s probably much better at it too).

      Who knows, maybe we’ll be surprised at judgement how many “non-Christians” are let in and “Christians” are in the pit of Hell found when God judges.

      I think I might continue this someday down the road.

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