On Facebook, I have seen some examples of people of color loving neo-Nazis and white supremacists. In forming intimate friendships, they have been able to love the hate out of them and become friends.
If we are all made in the image of God, and thereby worth everything in God’s eyes, enough for God to send God’s Son to us, then is loving the enemy something central to all our lives as Christians?
Are we prepared to do this as a church? Can we #embracelove around our neo-Nazi brothers and sisters?
In order to love we must first prepare ourselves. How can we do so?
- Loving each other. We must be a living example of a people who love one another without conditions.
- Resting in the love of God and our fellow Christians. Learning to accept love will help us to teach others how to do so as well.
- Learn to listen. Truly listen to hear the other not to prepare a retort or comeback. Listening to understand is not acceptance.
- Rely on hope. We will not always succeed. Some will resist our embracing them with love. We must never lose hope that God will touch their hearts in some way that lies beyond our presence in their lives. Only God redeems the irredeemable.
No one is beyond reproach from God or God’s followers. While we as a church do not accept the rise of Nazism and we do not believe in one race’s superiority over another, we also believe that all are deserving of God’s love and healing touch, no matter what their sin.
Dear Lord, we live in troubled times. Help us to see each other’s worth not in skin color but in the content of our character, the strength of our love for one another and the righteous grace You bestow upon us. Amen.