Thursday, October 12, 2006
Love your enemies... (part 1)
I'm trying to think hard toady who my enemies are and though that part may be easy, how to then love them becomes a little problematic.
The people that I am thinking of are perhaps not MY enemies but enemies of others that I care about...
So Philip Ruddock, Vanstone, and the main man- JH, come to mind... Do they qualify in a biblical sense? How do I go about loving them (sending them a bunch of flowers and an 'I think your great' card does not seem very sincere...)
Could it mean to write them a letter and tell them about how some of their policies have deeply affect people that I know and care about... Feels rather futile...?
I could perhaps also say enemies are people that have a differing ethos to mine- how do I love them? How do I love racists and sexists? How do I love the people who live in the McMansion Estate that I have to drive through to get to our property? How do I love those that live for financial gain? How do I love those who are willfully destroying the environment? Ho do I love those that vote for people that think placing individuals/families in detention centres is a great idea?
Now that I have broadened my 'target' enemies it seems that my enemies are closer to me than I realised? It includes now some friends and family....