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.