Loving Thy Enemies

Thursday, April 24th, 2008 by Gabriel Thy
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How the politically correct Christian Left undermines itself:

“‘Love your enemies,’ he says. Why?’ I ask. ‘I don’t want to. They’re enemies. That means not only do I not like them, they can do me harm.’ He seems undeterred, however, and certainly unconvinced. Jesus confounds us even more when he adds, ‘Do good to those who persecute you.’ These are hard sayings….

“Have you ever felt unjustly criticized? The person who leveled the criticism may also feel like an enemy. However, if we can sit with the criticism for awhile, we can often see the kernel of truth in the critique. And this is why I think Moshiach says, ‘Love your enemies.’ They have something to tell us; something to teach us.

I, too, think Moshiach’s command is more profound and revolutionary than we normally realize (including a prevailing opposition to war and violence), but notice how the author above trivializes it. First, she couches it in the context of avoiding pain: “they can do me harm” — romantic sentimentalism. Second, it’s all about me: “felt unjustly criticized,” “feel like an enemy,” “something to teach us” — romantic subjectivism. Third, it denies genuine otherness and evil — “our projections,” “a place of peace,” “inner enemies” — romantic unitarianism. Such a forced, modern reading of Christ’s words undermines the left’s credibility as an empathetic reader of ancient texts.

The preceding is from the always thoughtful Doug Jones who writes from Scribblative Agincourting.

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