Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jesus Teaches Love - And That Includes Your Enemies

We've been talking a great deal on Facebook about a particular hate group coming to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia to protest at the university and the high school. This organization apparently believes that the shooting that took the lives of some many people at Tech was God's wrath for the community's sins. Lots of people are outraged by the organization and their comments.

I find situations like this very insightful. It forces us to look at who we are and what we believe. Do we become as angry and judgmental as they are? I certainly hope and pray that we do not. We disagree with their interpretation of the scriptures. We find their behavior and judgment very offensive. They could easily cause us to feel angry and judgmental. But is that who we want to be?

There is an amazing story in the Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East where a band of marauders was about to attack an unarmed village. The people of the village were frightened. Jesus went out onto a balcony and exuded love. The marauders became confused and they turned upon one another. When it was all over, not one villager was injured. And the people from the village then went out and tended to the wounded.

Love is the greatest power in the universe. It is the only thing that has ever healed anything. How many holy wars have been fought on this planet because people believe different things about God? Anger, hatred, judgment has never done anything except cause pain and sadness.

When you fight "against" anything, you give it more power.

One can take actions, one can stand for something, one can say "No" without having to resort to anger, hatred, and judgment.
Love thine enemies is definitely not an easy task. Yes? Yet if you think about Jesus and what he would do, you know he would not be yelling insults and wanting to dismember someone. He would most likely do exactly the "right" thing that would cause them to stop or see with new eyes. But I seriously doubt he would do it with hatred. We have heard him pray this prayer - "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Situations like this happen for a reason. It is in our world, and our back yard, so that we can learn something and grow. What can we learn about love and about ourselves through this situation? Who can we become as we are faced with this situation and these people so full of hate and judgment?
"Lord make me an instrument of thy peace." - St. Francis

Fill your heart with love and let your life be an example,
Debbie "Takara" Shelor

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