Saturday, 02 April 2011
Atheists. Agnostics. Secular. Humanists. Buddhists. Hindus. Muslims. Taoists. Jews. Mormons. Jehovah's Witnesses. Scientologists. Satanists. Luciferians. Pagans. Baha'i. Spiritualists. Shinto. Rastafarians. Soldiers. Pacifists. Democrats. Republicans. Liberals. Conservatives. Capitalists. Socialists. Communists. Anarchists. Libertarians. Homosexuals. Bisexuals. Transexuals. Fornicators. Drunks. Pedophiles. Murderers. Gamblers. Adulterers. Idolaters. Thieves. Liars. The Rich. The Poor. Everything and anything in between that I haven't mentioned.
None of these are our enemies. These are all our friends. They are our neighbors. They are our family. It is not only our duty, but our joy to minister to these people, and love them whether they "deserve" it or not. We are all loved and served by One who's love we do not deserve. We are called to show this same unconditional love to everyone. Chances are, if you are a human being, you are or have been one of the labels listed above. And Christ loves you no less because of. Now that you've become a Christian, he loves you no more either. He can't. That's the beauty of agape. Our God loves us, even when we are Godless -- and we are Godless often.
We are Christians. We love. We bless. We forgive. We serve. We shine bright. We show Christ. And if some people don't want to know our God, that's ok, because it isn't us who brings someone to know God. God does that work within a person's heart. He is revealing himself to others constantly, wooing them with his unfathomable love, calling them home.
But -- don't we sometimes have the tendency to brush some of these people off? Sweep them off to the side? Neglect them? Judge them? Persecute them? Show them no mercy? No forgiveness? No compassion?
Weren't we once sinners?
Haven't we been Godless?
Aren't we Godless at times?
These are not our enemies. They're casualties. They are POW's. And God is doing a work within them -- and the best way he can do that, is through you, Christian. You are put here to bless others, no matter how much they curse you. You are here to help others, no matter how much they harm you. You are here to forgive others, no matter what wrong they did to you. Because the one we follow did this for us -- because we are guilty, and he still loves us.
Is it easier to cast people off as our enemies and hopeless than it is to accept them and love them regardless of who they are? How do you reach out to those who some might consider your enemies?