I have not listened to the message, nor has anyone commented about some of this, so I want to clarify something that in my “gut” I feel needs clarification. During the message yesterday, I made some comments about how a liberal “tree hugger” can have as much hatred in their heart toward those who dessimate forests to build houses (or kill cows to eat beef) as a red-blooded conservative can have toward any radical terrorist, wanting to just “blow them all to hell,” (for those not there, I qualified this prior to saying and pointed it out as an actual condemning statement). The point being that we are ALL sinners and loving “enemies” is something only the church is equipped (by grace) to do in Christ Jesus.
First of all, remember the context of the statement was about the church, not government. The point is, as believers, Romans 12 makes clear that we are to even feed our enemies (those who persecute us) and not take revenge out on them. The comparison with the above statements is that we are not allowed to separate our political view from our Christian worldview. While there is a biblical case for justifiable war (for the sake of civic protection and peace), there is also the danger of wanting to kill any and all that appear to have treated us (as Christians) with disdain and contempt. Where that gets very “cloudy” for us is that you can have some say “amen” to turn the other cheek and the same people drive by the mosque on U of A’s campus and instead of feeling a burden for the loss, feel hatred and a desire to rid our nation of all of “them.”
I don’t mean this as harsh as it sounds. We should be grateful that we are a church set in the presence of the University, with the world at our doorstep. I was making NO political statement at all. I simply meant to extend our Christian lifestyle to even those who “appear” to be numbered with our national enemies. In all cases, we are to exemplify Christ, support and pray for our governmental leaders and be willing to live out what the Bible says about dealing with our enemies no matter how radical it may seem.
In retrospect, I just did not have the time to explain all of this in detail and probably should not have included it as such an emphatic point. Does this make sense or am I over-thinking this one?