In light of the recent Kony 2012, an interesting question arises for the follower of Christ. In Matthew 5 in Jesus’ sermon on the mount he says:
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”
So when one considers an “enemy” like Joseph Kony, who destroys the lives of thousands of children and their families, what’s one to do? Michele Perry, a woman on the field who experiences the threat of the LRA everyday shares this in her blog, from the unpaved road,
We live face to face with our enemies every day. Our little ones often pray kneeling down in the dirt for the healing, the rescue, the restoration of the very ones who ripped their worlds apart. Little eight, nine and ten year olds, and older teenagers making the hard, costly choice to forgive again and again and again… What happened to loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us? Those of us who have chosen to walk in the Way of Jesus need to model His heart when it counts most.
(You can read the rest of her article here, which I highly recommend).
When Jesus calls us to love our enemies, what do we do? Of course pray. Pray for Joseph Kony, pray for the “invisible children.” But what else? What do we do with the global campaign that is rising in pure hate of Kony? Love your enemies, we have been commanded. So what does it mean?