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AnonymousDeleted UserSeptember 16, 2020 at 8:28 pm
“I think that Jesus promises to make family of our enemies and enemies of our own household, and with that in mind, I am called to treat all as though they were both my enemies and as my family.”
I love this. As you were alluding to when you mentioned the Roman co-opting of Christianity, one way to frame the struggle of the Church throughout every generation is the struggle against empire. I think Jesus offers us a simple, but incredibly challenging path towards resisting empire – loving our enemies. While empires of the world seek to violently dominate and destroy its enemies, the Kingdom of God loves its enemies, even to the point of death. Like you, this is something I have to remind myself of often as I worship and serve alongside people I might deeply disagree with.