A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, I’m a red-white-and-blue American who used to love celebrating Independence Day, but these days I’m overwhelmed by anger at the freedom that terrorists have taken away. I know I’m not the only one who’s steering clear of targets like big cities and patriotic monuments and sticking close to home today, and I resent the heck out of it. I’m just as angry that I can’t go into an airport or subway station without worrying that I’m taking my life in my hands. I’ve tried to conquer my hostility toward the people that have forced me and so many others to live in fear. But each time I push it down, reports of another bombing or shooting make it rise up full-force again. I can’t feel anything close to love for such abominable people. If that’s going to put my immortal soul in danger, please tell me how to come closer to the mark!”
Wisdom of the Word
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. —Peter in his first letter to the exiles, 2:16
We understand and yet…
As much as we want to follow the letter of Your law, loving our enemies can feel like an impossible task. The best we can do is stop short of hating terrorists and other murderers, and sometimes we can’t even do that! Are we really supposed to love them in the true sense of the word?