Monday, October 04, 2004

On loving our Enemy

You demand we love our enemies.
How can we love the killers of Fallujah?
What do You mean when You say to forgive?
Does love do nothing and ignore evil?

What did You mean when You said.
"Let he without sin cast the first stone."
Do we sit silent and do nothing
when evil shows its full face?

Is this what it means to turn the other cheek?
Is that what You demand?
How can we approve what they did?
How can we endorse what they did?

Is it that we should not react but respond?
Not simply seek revenge but justice?
Is this the hard lesson we must learn?
We cannot do it on our own.

You did not remain silent
in the temple that day.
Your righteous anger showed us
sometime response is required.

Lord teach us to hear You
when revenge tempts us.
Help us learn how to forgive
and when to overturn tables.
(Matthew 5:38-39,43-47, 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46, 23:34,
John 2:14, 8:7)
┬ęBob F., April 2, 2004

This is a hard question to answer. When do we forgive
and when do we overturn tables? Sometimes i can be so sure,
and so wrong.
This poem was written as the news of four Americans killed
and their bodies desecrated was seared in my soul. October 4, 2004


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