Luke 6: 27 This is what I say to all who will listen to me:
Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. 28 Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, don’t stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don’t try to keep back your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you. 31 Treat others just as you want to be treated.
32 If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them.33 If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. 34 If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back.
35 But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back.[e] Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel.36 Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you.
In this time in of sorrow and grief our hearts cry out for answers. We naturally want an end to all the violence. Boston is just the latest, and as we are well aware now not the last, we naturally look for a solution.
The kingdom of the world offers no solutions. It never has and never will. Dr. Hawkins has stated that for 97% of the worlds history there has been violence and war. Fear, anger, hatred and revenge always lead to the same. One Boston official declared that we will get revenge. If revenge is taken it will be returned. We always get what we give, without exception. Attack brings fear of attack this is why guns are so important to those living in fear. And all the legislation and fear of punishment has never stopped anyone from committing heinous acts. People who do such things no longer care.
The official, calling for revenge is no different than those who committed the crimes. After all our officials only reflect those they serve. Not all their constituents, but I’m sure there are many people in this nation who are reveling right now in the just punishment of these two young men.
Do we wish to end the violence?
We must not meet anger with hatred.
God has been telling us for centuries how to avoid and end ALL violence. The most important line from the quote above is not the body of the text but the first line, “…All who will listen to me.” God has been speaking, have we been listening?
Where is God during the senseless violence and catastrophes? He is in the hearts of ALL those running towards the danger. They are the ones who listened.
Bless you all and pray for all those whom we think of as our “enemies”. Send peace to all those you see as a threat to you.