February 19, 2017: Love Your Enemies?!

July 6, 2017

Love your Enemies?!

This is the last week in our series on Jesus’ sermon on the mount, as we reflect on the section Matthew 5:38-48 where Jesus says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This is also the text for The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous sermon on Loving Your Enemies in which Dr. King insisted that “Jesus is not an impractical idealist: he is the practical realist.” In our discussion group on that sermon, we’ve debated not so much the why but the HOW.  When people are trying to harm you, endanger those you love, threaten your deepest core values and the world you share: how do you love them? And will it really work? Dr. King and Jesus believed in the redemptive power of love, “the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

Clearly we are living in times when this idea is not an abstraction, but an absolutely urgent survival strategy.

Do we trust that it will work?

How will we put it into practice?

Who are your enemies, and how do you pray for them?


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