1/26/14 Message – The Good Neighbor: Endure

“God bless our troops, especially our snipers!” I’ve seen this message around before. I saw it again today on a sticker in the back window of my neighbor’s pickup truck.
I think we would all agree that every nation has the right to defend itself and every government is morally obligated to defend its citizens. If our military is defending us or seeking out and taking out individuals known to be our unprovoked enemies, why wouldn’t we hope, and perhaps even pray, that God would bless them? I suppose we would. But there’s another strategy for combatting our enemies proposed by Jesus. He said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) Now that’s not very good military strategy, you might think. But on the other hand, what if God’s People all prayed for our known national enemies—those who persecute us? If God, in response to the prayers of his people, changed the hearts of those who wish us ill, we might eliminate the need for our snipers. At the very least, we would become sons (and daughters) of our father in heaven. (Matthew 5:45)
Adopt a terrorist for prayer at www.atfp.org This may be one of the most practical ways for us to “… not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) And, can you think of a better way to love your enemies than to pray for them?
– Chuck

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