I Have to Love Them Too?


Can we all agree that these airport protests are utterly insane? Yes, you get me to think about your position, but it keeps me from ever considering it. That might be unfair, but it’s where a lot of people are today. Even in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, hundreds of protestors showed up at John Glenn International Airport. 

But what exactly are you protesting? Hear me out. 

Donald Trump’s immigration executive order is putting a 90 day hold on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 

Seven.

Not forty, or however many predominantly Muslim countries there are in this world. He didn’t permanently put a ban on all Muslims all over the world. 90 days. That’s all.

“But this is why ISIS hates the United States. There will be more terrorism!” 

Firstly, terrorists from the Middle East and those that have converted to ISIS in the western world hate just that, the West. They hate the thought that you can protest your government. They hate the idea that we allow homosexual marriage. They hate that women can drive in this country. The hate that women can vote. The thought that they are going to hate the West because they can’t flyover here on a plane is ridiculous. 


I recently watched an interview with Army Ranger and UFC fighter Tim Kennedy. He was talking about the areas he won’t go and really can’t go because of his status and the terrorist groups that have a bounty on him. When asked about terrorist cells in NYC, he confirmed it and even brought up how many there are that we don’t know about. Terrorism is already here. 

Now for the part of the post that goes along with the title. 

Recently studying Luke 6 during my morning Bible studies, I couldn’t help but be troubled by what I was reading. Not that I disagreed with the reading and what was written, but how I have viewed my blog and how I had viewed those that do not agree with my political views. Have I lived with God’s love? Have I strived to be a more loving person? 

 

““If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:32-36‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/luk.6.32-36.niv

Love is a tricky thing to grasp. It’s easy to love others when things are going well. Loving your spouse is easy when you are laughing together. What happens when things hit the fan? When you are yelling at each other and cannot find middle ground. The answe is to love as Christ has loved us. He died for us, so we could live for Him. It’s as simple as that. Every day we choose to sin against Him and every day He continues to forgive us when we repent our sins. 

Are these protestors too lost for His love? Never. 

I always go back to one of the intriguing arguments against war. They often first ask someone that is pro-War, “Are you a Christian?”. After saying yes, the question is, “Do you put God or country first?”. And the easy answer is obviously God. The tricky part is the response. The next reply is, “Okay, if you put God first and the person fighting for the other country is also Christian, what are you fighting for?”.

It’s an interesting argument, one that I struggle with. In the larger view, is it more beneficial to fight for your country or for God, especially if both sides are Christian. It’s always an interesting topic. 

There has been SO much happen this week. A lot of it has been a struggle for myself and my ability to love efficiently.

I started typing this post after the airport protests. Since then, Milo was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley and all hell broke lose. Personally speaking, Milo is pretty embarrassing for my side of the aisle. He’s brash and holds nothing back, which at times can make him amusing. Does it help bridge the gap between both sides of the aisle after a heated election season? Definitely not, but neither does the Soros-funded riots. These riots delegitimize the thousands that decide to peacefully protest. 

Milo asks for these reactions when he goes on his speaking tours on college campuses. The left plays right into his hand every time. The best thing that happened to him was being banned from Twitter. I also saw an article that stated his book sales have rose over 12000% since the riot. This is the best thing he could have ever wished for!

Tonight is also a scheduled appearance for Tomi Lahren on Real Time. I fully expected Tomi Lahren to get exposed on his show and from what I have read, she has been. I would also like to note that I have not watched a second of the show, so I cannot fully endorse the opinion that she is getting steam rolled. Bill Maher, love him or hate him, is a very intelligent man. Going into that environment during a live broadcast will be a definite learning curve for Lahren. 

One thing that Trump has exposed is the worst in the Republican Party. We have resorted to endorsing and propping up segments of our side of the aisle that are nothing but toxic when it comes to mending relations between Americans. We watch these icons for their ability to throw grenades at the left and help rub in the election results. 

Have we lost our ability to love?

Have we quit caring?

Where is the love we are supposed to carry in our hearts?

The most important way to love is to love those who we disagree with. This is the message Glenn Beck tries to portray through his radio broadcast, but rarely makes solid contact. His vast array of previous mistakes seem to haunt him like a nightmare he can’t wake up from. 

Did anyone else see this??? Is Beck calling out his rising star? I cannot wait to see the fallout between Lahren and Beck from this tweet. Hopefully the result of this is not too explosive, however, because the first thing we need to do is mend the broken bridges on our side of the aisle. 

Lahren, Maher, Milo, and Beck all have one thing in common: they will cease to exist as they currently are if this country cannot come together. As Christians we are called to love everyone no matter what. God makes no room for debate on this subject. We must love as He has loved us. That’s loving no matter the situation. Is this something we can strive for in 2017? We will find out!

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