Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Christ only says what He hears the Father saying. If the letters are in red- we’re hearing the words of the Father.
It appears the people interviewed are not Christians- and they are obeying scripture.
Some christian groups here in the West, say there will be no peace until Christ returns- and argue that to speak about peace is at best- naïve. Others go further and respond harshly to any talk of peace that includes showing compassion to Palestinians. As if to say- loving Palestinians is equal to hating Israel.
That’s ‘Bully’ talk.
There is a chorus being sung against peace that is out of harmony with the ‘song’ being sung by Father. His song expresses His desire for forgiveness and reconciliation between 'enemies'.
dis·so·nant [dis-uh-nuhnt] adjective
1. disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
2. out of harmony; incongruous; at variance.
3. Music . characterized by dissonance.
Politically- the situation in the ME may appear ‘complicated’, but a strong desire for peace and the willingness to build relationships is evident- if we are willing to see.
The people desire peace. What do we desire?
- Do we believe in reconciliation? If not, why not?
- Have we been 'Bullied'?
- Is our first response to 'peace talk'- repulsion? If so, why is that?
- Are we afraid of appearing to be on the 'wrong side'?
- Are we afraid of disappointing God, by loving those whom we've been told we 'should' hate?
We need a new song. Romans 12:21 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good"