Praying For Those We “Hate”

Had an interesting experience last night at our small group Bible study. We were discussing world events and the issue of whether we were within our bounds to hate Saddam, Osama, etc.

The passage we were looking at was Luke 7:36-50, which is an account of Jesus visiting a Pharisee’s house. Jesus told the following parable to Simon, the Pharisee:

Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?

What’s interesting to me is that most of us would probably consider ourselves to be the man 50 denarii in debt, not the 500 denarii debtor. I’d place Osama in at least the 500 denarii camp, if not more. Most of our small group agreed with that stance. (We also lumped Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Saddam Hussein in, for good measure).

But something really struck me about the passage: we aren’t owed the debt. It’s not up to us to judge. God can forgive any debt, no matter the size. It’s only incumbent upon us to “love [our] enemies, bless those who curse [us], do good to those who hate [us] and pray for those who persecute [us].[1]

And so, we prayed for Osama. We prayed for Saddam. We thanked God that He had revealed himself to Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer. We prayed that binny L. and Hussein would not be modern-day Pharaohs (“I will harden his heart [2]“).

I’m trying, honestly, to pray that with full intent.

I’d still love to see ‘em both MOAB’d, though.

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Blog Slacking

As if it weren’t self evident. I haven’t been utilizing the resources oh-so-generously “given” to me by Blogger.

And here’s why.

The wife and I just completed a move, from Outer Whitelandia (thanks, Ron and Curtis) to just outside of Philly. We’re in a house this time, having left apartment dwelling behind us.

Work on the house proceeds apace; paint is going up on the walls, we’ve got the DSL up and running (goodbye @Home, errrm, Comcast) and should have glorious DirecTV by Wednesday (really, truly goodbye to Comcast).

The Three Stooges, Iraq-Style

It is to laugh:
The Three Stooges.

Came across this by way of Fark, as usual.

(Props to Tom Twine.)

“Jihad of Peace”

Came across this story by way of Fark this afternoon. I honestly can’t tell whether Mr. Al-Atraqchi is serious or not. His (by now) cliched attempt to redefine jihad as a personal struggle with one’s inner demons suggests that he’s not. But with a punchline like this:

Peacemakers are brave. They are enlightened individuals who understand the common denominator in all mankind. Desmond Tutu, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese, former South African President Nelson Mandela, Kathy Kelly, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, and Edward Said are just a small sample of those calling for peace and justice.

how could he not be?

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