Warning: this is one of my rare soapbox posts, so if you’re looking for posts about fluffy kittens or rainbows, this ain’t it.
Here it is. Jesus said to love your enemies. Period.
That includes people who voted for Donald Trump. That includes Donald Trump.
That includes people who voted for Hillary Clinton. That includes Hillary Clinton.
Jesus didn’t make it optional. Jesus didn’t put in an escape clause. There are not ifs or buts.
He said, “Love your enemies.”
He didn’t say that loving your enemies meant that you suddenly agree with everything they say and stand for.
He didn’t say that it meant you suddenly become best buddies and hang out together all the time and share bonbons.
He did say to love them.
Loving your enemies means not readily believing the absolute worst about them without even checking to see if it’s true or not.
Loving your enemies means not speaking hatefully about them and wishing them harm.
Loving your enemies means to love them like Jesus once loved us when we were His enemies. Jesus didn’t read us the riot act or shun us and write us off. He showed a kind of love that went to the uttermost extreme lengths to prove itself– even to death on a cross.
“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10, NIV).
I truly believe that there are decent people on both sides of the political spectrum. I refuse to believe that someone who acts, thinks, and votes differently than I is stupid or evil. I will never shame or belittle anyone who disagrees with me, no matter how far apart we are in values and beliefs.
This is the ultimate standard that we should all strive to follow in the power of the Holy Spirit: “I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44, The Voice).