Wednesday’s Word: Do you Ever Wish Jesus was More Specific?

In a world where enemies seem to be sprouting up all around, what does Jesus tell us to do?

Luke 6:12-36 tells us how Jesus, after calling his twelve disciples, the ones who would travel and watch and pray and learn from Jesus the closest, immediately taught them to love their enemies.

I guess they (and we) have been trying to figure out exactly what that means ever since! (Maybe, just maybe, it’s not so hard to figure out what that means–it’s just really hard to do. What do you think?).

 

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and picture books for children, and occasionally an article or short story for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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2 Responses to Wednesday’s Word: Do you Ever Wish Jesus was More Specific?

  1. Dr. Rick Anderson says:

    It is hard to love, say, a group of religious terrorists seeking to kill those who disagree with their religion. It is even harder to love religious terrorists who behead Christian children, or crucify Christians on modern day crosses. It is also a challenge to love those who rape, torture and then cruelly murder young helpless women. Taken as a whole, it is improbable ~ nay, impossible to love that group and it’s members.

    Now, take one member of the religious terrorist group at a time, strip him or her of their gun, take off their mask, make them sit and talk with you, make them tell you their life story, and listen to their false [sic] testimony. Look into their heart and mind, and perhaps then your and my capacity to love that individual enemy is possible. Jesus wants us to love our enemy, not evil. He never commands us to love the army hell-bent on killing us. When we say we would fight for our freedoms (religion, free speech, etc.) that fight might pit army against army. We need to understand these distinctions when we talk of Jesus’ love.

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    • Well said, Rick. I saw a picture book yesterday called “War is Never a Good Idea.” My first thought was, “Really? Stopping Hitler when he was determined to eradicate Jews from the face of the earth wasn’t a good idea?” On the school playground, if a kid is a danger to others or himself, the most loving thing to do all the way around is to get him off the playground. Sometimes they don’t go very willingly.

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