Love Your Enemies

There are reasons why I stay silent about politics. It is unless I’m being asked then I’ll tell you what I think. Maybe after this you might say I should’ve stayed silent. But I won’t—not about this. I am silent about politics because it can turn people into monsters. Claiming that moral values should be affiliated with politics. After the presidential result, I have both read hateful articles and reasonable ones. I’ve also read people’s comments on them. Throughout, I’ve stayed silent and observed from a distance.

Love…

It shouldn’t be associated with political views. What does politics know about love? There are reasons why our minds, hearts, and souls are separated. America was named and founded under those three things, but we do not yet have a balance of them…or cannot. We were united under one God, but divided from our hearts through our mouths. Either we are logical and emotional, logical and spiritual, or emotional and spiritual. Yet we force love in to where it was never intended. We speak of love, but we throw away our morals.

What does love look like?

The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstances.”

Yes, this is what love looks like. We may never perfect it here on earth, but it never hurts to practice. But what I’m trying to convey is I have seen and heard people of different parties exclaiming about love then attack each other with harsh and provocative words.

Matthew 5:22 says, “But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

Is love only given to those who well deserve it? Jesus died on the cross for us because He loves us…but we didn’t deserve that. We as sinners and the unforgivable things we do, we do not deserve a love so pure and unfathomable that even the universe cannot grasp it. He alone knows what love should look like and He showed it by being crucified. We must follow that example…

Matthew 5:44 exclaims, “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Then a couple verses later, “If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.”

cabindarklightUnfortunately, I have heard and witnessed friends turned against friends because of the differences in opinions and the result of presidential election. What part of that exemplifies love? If love is all you speak on behalf of, why turn against a friend because of your differences in political views? Why belittle and degrade others because your views don’t align? Would you do the same to your parents, sisters, brothers, relatives, sons, and daughters? Love is said too much that it has become clichéd; true definition lost in this corrupted world. Love isn’t blind nor selective. Love doesn’t embrace one and slap the other.

If we want to see change in this world, it doesn’t start in society. Change begins in your own backyard. If you want to speak for love; love your enemies just as you love your neighbor. 

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