For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 NASB
Over a thousand years ago the "Crusades" began as a result of Muslim aggression against Jews and Christians. Burning churches, killing Christians and even conquering the Holy City of Jerusalem in 638. For hundreds of years this war between religions has raged, killing thousands on both sides and continues up to this very day.
Nine years ago it began again with 9/11 renewing a great hatred toward all Muslims in retaliation for the destruction of the trade center towers. Innocent people killed and wounded, a city brought to its knees in a matter of minutes and an entire nation up in arms toward a radical religion that they did not understand.
Now on the anniversary of 9/11 the fire is again lit for violence and aggression with the threat of a misguided Pastor burning Korans and the protest of a mosque two blocks from ground zero. I will admit the Muslim people are hard to understand and even harder for Christians to love and minister to, but Jesus was very plain when He said, "Love your enemies!"
I have found in my short thirty year journey with Jesus that in order to love people you have to get to know them and establish a relationship with them. You can't win their trust by protesting their actions, or throwing rocks at them, you have to lay aside all your beliefs and opinions about politics and religion and reach out to them with the same love that Jesus had for you when He reached out to you. Remember what you were doing when Jesus saved you?
Did you get saved by someone hitting you in the head with a rock and being told how wicked and evil you were? The believer has no rights to hate or to war in the flesh against anyone, because we have been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of the Son of God. Jesus could have come off that cross at any time, or at least called down a legion of warring angels to destroy those that put Him there, but instead He became our example when He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
Neither do the Muslims, the homosexuals, the child molesters and the illegal aliens invading the same land that they once owned before our ancestors expelled them. I have never heard so much hatred and bitterness being spewed out of the mouths of so-called Christians against people who were created in the image of God. America has become a breeding ground for hatred and aggression against anyone that doesn't fit their criteria for citizenship and it has spilled over into the church.
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ has lost sight of the divine mission and vision to love your neighbor as yourself. Instead we create elite little social clubs filled with nice clean middle-class tithers and reject the poor and needy and those that don't act or smell like us. A stench in the nostrils of God for His people, washed in the blood of His Son to reject those that don't measure up to our high standards of social acceptability.
We have the same ministry as our Lord and Savior, to show the world the love God has for sinners and to reach out to them with the same mercy and grace that we have received when we were yet lost and enemies of God. May God have mercy on His people and give us a love for those who are un-lovable!
"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. Matthew 5:44,45