I’ve been pondering about why I still despise Republicans when Jesus said we should love our enemies. (Oops, just lost half my readers).
It’s typical of me and a lot of the Christians I know. We’re hard to understand. For instance, I knew a Christian once who would tell me how much she just looovved Jesus, she wanted to climb up in his lap right now and bask in His Daddy love all day. The only thing she didn’t want to do was to follow any of His advice.
She was okay with “love your neighbor” but, like the Pondering Pig, not so good with “and while you’re at it, love your enemy, too.” Hah?
When I was a little pig, I thought my Daddy was the cat’s meow. I wanted to be exactly like him when I grew up so I was interested in anything he was interested in, wanted to put same goop in my hair that he did, and whatever he told me about how to live, I figured he knew what he was talking about, and I wanted to do that. And he wasn’t even close to God…believe me.
We Christians though, we believe Jesus is not only the son of God, he IS God. Jeez, you would think we would have a listen. What were you saying again, JC? I want to know because you give really good advice, since you’re God.
But around here, it’s more like “We love you SOOO much Jesus, we will follow you anywhere. Except when you start on that Sermon on the Mount stuff. There, I think you’re wrong. It’s too far out. Sounds radical. There, I’m sticking with Moses. ”
Or we don’t even mention our opinion. We just ignore everything he said and go right along our Christian way, getting ready for the chicken dinner.
Take this “love your enemies” stuff. Can you imagine what it would be like if Christians started trying it? The pro-lifers would be inviting their pro-choice friends over for dinner (because if you really love your enemies they’re not going to stay enemies for long) and after the chicken and dumplings, we would all be sitting out on the veranda sipping our sugary ice tea and laughing about how we can’t agree with each other, and giving those pro-choicers a big hug when they go home because we love them.
Or pick your favorite enemy. For me it’s my conservative Republican congresswoman. She’s a convenient focus for all the things I dislike about reactionary, conservative, big corporate, lying, smearing, Bush-loving, pro-war, anti-environment politicians. Oh dear, what did I just say? See? I’m a typical Christan, just on the progressive side.
If I took Jesus seriously, I’d be inviting Congresswoman Cathy out for a picnic in the park, and inviting all my friends to meet her. Why not? What harm would it do? Maybe I’d eventually learn to appreciate her, even as I disagreed with her. Anything’s possible.
And loving your enemies is an easy one. Wait till you hear what Jesus says to do with your money!