Many fundamental Christians rile on about Satan as “the enemy.” I’ve got to tell you–that kind of extreme talk about enemies never made sense to me. Enemy simply means active opposition, but we’ve imbued it with all sorts of evil connotations. That’s why I really don’t like the term at all.
So I had to stop and think when I saw a meme that said something like, “Lord, why did you bring me through this water?” and the answer was “Because your enemies can’t swim.”
Sure, there are people in my life who have hurt me badly–as I’m sure you’ve experienced, too. So it might seem understandable to call them “enemies.”
Looking at the world around me I’ve seen more misogynists in this election cycle than I’ve seen in my entire life until now. And I worked for at least one. Are these people my enemies?
You know how the Divine sends angels with messages at the most unexpected times? It happened to me recently when I was fairly unglued on Facebook over some of the trash talk I was seeing among the electorate. One of those unexpected angels posted this response:
Hang in there, sister ~ these are the people who are gonna teach us to be tolerant,
big-hearted, non-judgmental, patient & loving ~ if we don’t kill em.
Bingo! Now THAT made sense…instead of enemies, we have teachers.
When we face active opposition, what if we turned our knee-jerk response around and thought of that opposition as an opportunity to learn?
Don’t think I don’t know how hard that can be. Don’t think I don’t know that some of us might think that the opposition has nothing to teach us.
But maybe they do.
Maybe, as my angel pointed out, they’re teaching us transcendent love.
Now THAT’S something worth thinking about now and forever.