Who Is Friend and Who Is Foe

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I saw this picture on the back of a truck. It’s a very common image posted these days. It’s not unlike most things said in the church. I question this motto for Christians. The verses below present a different motto of love, generosity, and grace.

Proverbs 16:7
Proverbs 24:17
Proverbs 25:21
Matthew 5:43-44
Luke 6:27-36
Romans 12:19-21

Just these verses alone show that Christians must expose the concept of “enemy” as a lie and turn it on its head. Also, all the references to destroying the enemy seem to focus on leaving it in God’s hands. In the Old Testament, this is intensified as you move from older to newer writings. The New Testament seems to shift and imitate Christ in not doing evil to the enemy, even if they are killing you. When it comes to following Scriptures, anything that would reflect Jesus is primary and supersedes any conflicting passages of violence and destroying an enemy. Instead, compassion and generosity is the teaching on how to deal with enemies.

The question here is do we live in love that is exclusive to those who are good to us or do we bring love to all people regardless of their relationship to us? In light of Christ, who sacrificed himself to save all of His enemies, how far are we willing to go in order to bring Christ’s saving love to them?

*A good read on the subject of enemies and Islam is Camp’s Who is My Enemy. It sheds light on the issue.

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