If you read our latest communique, “The Bridge to 2021,” you are aware that we had to let everyone across that bridge from 2020 into the New Year. Nothing we could do about it. Sorry about that. We had no choice. Hell’s Angels, junkies, all the convicts in jail, and who knows how many North Korean spies — just everyone, no exceptions whatsoever.
Darn. Just imagine if we could have left all the Democrats or all the Republicans back in 2020, (depending on your own political bent). Actually, maybe that would be a good thing to do. Think about who you would have like to have left behind in 2020 and then realize, those are the very people you need to learn to love. That’s right, LOVE. Not just tolerate. We think tolerating certain people should be enough, but that’s not enough for the Lord. The Lord wants us to love our enemies.
What do you think it takes to love your enemies? It takes seeing their worth and value before God. It takes seeing the image of God in them. It takes imagining them as someone’s father or mother — someone’s brother or sister. It takes seeing them as someone like you who has the same desires and needs, hopes and dreams, as you have. And it ultimately means seeing them as someone loved by God for whom Jesus died.
So I’m thinking right now of someone — actually a few someones — who are of the opposite political persuasion as myself (not hard to do these days) and I’m thinking of how I can focus on their inconsistencies and think of myself as more righteous and reasonable as they are. I can also be offended by the political propaganda they feed me to show me they are right, and to try to get me to think like they do.
So what do I do? Take an end run around politics and love these people for who they are. Why does God love this person? What does He see? Find out what I can affirm in this person. Love them in the love of the Lord. And finally, look up to them. See them as more important than myself, because they are.