It is very very easy to hate. Extremely easy. When there are people who are trying to drive you insane by changing things around, by gaslighting, by proclaiming a narrative that has them as the sainted victims and all others as those who oppressed them, and when authorities back this denial and reversal of victimhood it is so easy to hate. And not to pray. I find this a challenge. I don’t want to pray for those who don’t merely make my life difficult, but have attempted to destroy other members of my family. Who would take our name and make it a byword. But that is what we are commanded to do.
22 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favour is better than silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor meet together
the Lord is the maker of them all.
3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
is riches and honour and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;
whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of his fury will fail.
9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed,
for he shares his bread with the poor.
27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.Luke 6:27-31
I’ve said this a couple of days ago, but it bears repeating: judge policies by the consequences. I the murder rate in Chicago is going up, way up, they are doing something wrong. Don’t emulate them. Do not be like them. They are poison in your cities and blots in your worship meetings.
But don’t stop praying for them. I tend to write my prayers down because I find it easier to write than talk, and praying for those who are against us — who in New Zealand includes most mayors (generally Green or Green aligned), most politicians, and most of the elite — along with those within our families who would cheerfully dob us in — is part of our duty.
The question here is why do we pray. Well, firstly because we are commanded to do so. But secondly, we have no ability to control other’s behaviour (beyond putting up fences or having distance between us and them). But God can. He can turn their lives around, by the power of his spirit. The alternative is that they live in their hell, thinking that they are so highly spiritual when the mystery they are building is a common path to hell.
That I don’t want to wish on my worst enemy.