But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Round-the-clock news coverage, nonstop social media, and a hyper-partisan press can make it feel like we’re constantly battling an enemy. Demonizing opponents, spewing aggression, and manufacturing outrage and outright lies seem to come naturally to far too many people in politics, especially, I have to say, if they’re on the left of the political spectrum. There are bad apples on both sides, of course, but folks on our side are far more likely to be wimps intimidated by the media while their side tends to do the intimidation.
So how do we respond?
Christ calls us to be like Him and love our enemies, and not to fear. As Paul reminds us in Romans, while we were still sinners against Him, Christ nonetheless died for us.
Christ died for our enemies too. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow built off this truth with the important reminder, “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
You never know when a kind word or encouraging action will disarm an opponent. It allows you to see they’re not so tough against you. When you’re tempted to cower in fear of an opponent whose actions are truly devilish, remember Andrew Wommack’s words: “The devil isn’t a true lion; he just walks around roaring like one trying to intimidate the Body of Christ. But the truth is, he’s had his teeth pulled, and all he can do now is gum you.”
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, think of someone – a boss, a neighbor, a family member – you find problematic and pray for them and yourself.