Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies,
and pray for those who persecute you……
Odd thought, love your enemy. But isn’t that what He did? Was not the mission to bring those enemies back into the fold, to coax them back to the garden? Is that not His mercy, is that not His call to repent, and believe in the gospel? Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Can this message be brought into contemporary terms. Could this message be applied to any thing in current news? Who’s been talking lately? Who has the big mouth? Big headlines “I am going to build a wall!” Small print “and it will have a door.” Syria. ISIS. Let them in? Love your enemies. Is welcoming a fleeing refuge loving your enemy, or to phrase it a little better; was the fleeing refuge ever your enemy? A personal opinion ? I think not. The enemy is that what caused them to flee. Poverty, violence, drug lords, bombs and dictators. Those are what need to be embraced, to be smothered with love, to be changed. To love thy neighbor is to let them in. To love thy neighbor is also to help them transform their enemy. Turn the bad into good. To drive out their enemies demons. To heal them. Open migration is only one part of the equation, the other is to give them the ability to confront that which makes them run. To repair what they hate. Like a coin, a wall has two sides, and it can not stand if those sides are bad versus good. The wall should not act as a fortress, but a frame. A fortress separates enemies, a frame draws the eye in. It emphasizes the unique beauty in what it contains.