Love your Enemies.

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The boy in the picture is an 11 year old son of an IS soldier. He is being brought up by parents who have taught him that he must fight the evil of this world. It just so happens that the evil they are fighting is anyone who disagrees with them. I can understand that from this young boy’s point of view that what he is being taught must be true, because it is being taught to him by people who love him. He believes it, as does his Father, and his Father before him. 

He has been taught that everyone who does not follow the exact same flavour of Islam as he does is an infidel and God hates them. It is his duty to rid the world of these infidels to create a pure state under Islamic rule – for this would be pleasing to God.

Do i hate this young boy? No. Do i hate his parents? No. Do i hate the young British man who beheaded James Foley? No. 

To hate these people would be to reduce them to the indignity of their cause. It would be to do the exact same thing they do to me as an ‘infidel’ – to de-humanise me. I refuse to de-humanise them. God loves them as much as He loves me – they too are made in the image and likeness of God.

As a Christian i am called to love my enemies, no matter how much i feel like hating them. To love my enemy is the exact opposite of what IS preaches. It is a confusing and confounding Christian paradox that could possibly be the biggest witness to the truth that these brainwashed young men well ever encounter. We are to be Christ to them.

In our families, let’s not preach hate. What ever their actions, lets not respond by de-humanising them. Under each balaclava, under each burka there is an individual, a mother or father, son or daughter. There is a person. 

Peace.

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8 thoughts on “Love your Enemies.

  1. Yes, I agree with what Jesus taught about loving our enemies, but does that mean that we should accept more Muslims into our country? Who can we trust now? On what basis can we trust them? Surely if murder is justified in their minds, with regard to their moral standards(and pleasing God), then could they not lie about their beliefs in order to get into Canada? They may even pretend to be Christians in order to kill as many ‘infidels’ as possible. I don’t want to spread hatred, and certainly we should be careful about condemning innocent people, but those who are guilty need to be exposed for who they are.
    We are called to stand against evil in all its forms, and so because sin is in our human nature and is in itself ‘dehumanizing’, (making us less than we were meant to be) then I think it stands to reason that we should pray for them and expose them for who they are, so that some souls may possibly turn away from sin and be saved. Anything less seems to amount to the political correctness that denies reality and perpetuates the evil.
    On a personal level, maybe our Lord will call me to martyrdom, but as a nation it would be irresponsible for us to proceed in such a manner that ignores reality; that we are at war and need to defend our borders.

    • I totally agree that there is a huge problem with political correctness and successful intergration in regards to immigration. I believe the mishandling of this issue by inept governments only aggravates tensions and leads to frustration and prejudice.

      • So what should our decision as a nation be? What should our governments be doing? How do we stand against this evil? Pope Francis did say that we need to stand against it, but I don’t think he specified how, beyond prayer, that is. It is a very complex issue, but must be addressed. Thank you for getting this discussion going. This world is getting smaller by the day and trouble could be on our doorstep at any time. We are not called to live in fear, in fact we must guard against it, and since love dispels all fear then love is certainly part of what we are called to do. We may have to come to grips with the possibility of martyrdom. Up until now, since I’ve never done any travelling to unstable regions of the world, I’ve never considered that we may be called to give up our earthly lives as a sign for others.

  2. Reblogged this on Deaconjohn1987's Blog and commented:
    Here is some good advice from a Christian mother. I think one of the reasons Our Lady asked us to “Think about the Passion of Jesus” is to learn from Him on how to love our enemies. “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do!”, Our Lord said as they crucified Him. Could we do the same? May the Divine Mercy be in our souls!

  3. I understand and believe that yes indeed Jesus did teach against hatred, absolutely. I also believe that there are some different principles that apply to government’s responsibility for the greater good and safety of its people. Substitute the word “Nazi” for muslim. Would Jesus call us not to hold jailers and murderers in Auschwitz responsible for the murder of innocent civilians? How is this any different than holding people who behead journalists and defenseless children responsible? Yes, love people. But you cannot stand idle and watch people be murdered. Ask Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

    • thanks for your comment, but I am not suggesting for a second that we stand by and let these atrocities occur. what I am saying is don’t fall into the same trap as they have. we must not forget that our enemy is a human being. the Nazi’s were also human beings. saying this does not justify their cause – on the contrary – it only goes to remind them of a human beings true dignity.

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