I become a little more than saddened when ever I read or hear about the Christian church speaking about or acting less than favourably towards others within our families, communities, societies, nations and across the world. Depending on who we are and who we align ourselves, our experience of fellowship can be formative in causing a peer group pressure of criticism which is the foundation for naming and shaming our favourite targets. Those targets are those who we like to spurn and turn our noses up towards and against and come in many and varied forms. Those we target can range from those we see and those we don’t see. They can be those we know and those we don’t really know. They can be those we hear and those we don’t hear. They can be those we live with and those we avoid.
Through targeting them in our speech and actions we declare them to be our enemies. But, this now raises the question, who is our real enemy? Are our enemies really the atheists, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus or other. Are they really the liberals or the fundamentalists. Are they the poor or the rich, unemployed or employed. The criminal or the well behaved. Are they the married or divorced. The heterosexual or the homosexual. Are they Liberals, Labour, Democrats, or Republicans. Are they the Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Pentecostals or other denomination. Could they be the the poor, What about the 5 pointer Calvinists or the Arminian or others that hold to other theological positions that we don’t.
Simply put we make people our enemies. But.. the truth is…. Satan is our only enemy and because Christ came to reconcile all to God – the good news is that we can lavishly love all people – because we truly know, Satan is our only enemy.