“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44 NIV)
So here’s a funny new word I found. Stagnant: (of a body of water or the atmosphere of a confined space) having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell (become stinky) as a consequence.
I started with a bible verse and a definition…pretty crazy right?
I was looking for new, great, and authentic Christian indie music. On my quest I discovered the song Brother by a band called Brilliance. The opening line starts with, “When I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother.” Of course I paused the song and realized, “Well…time to blog”. (Blogging’s kinda my life right now…so you should seriously email me or something)
As Christians we tend to be haterz. <—- (you like that z? I’m trying to be “hip”) but seriously, there’s a lot of negativity that comes out of our mouths.
“WHY IS HE IN CHURCH”
“I CAN’T STAND TEENAGERS”
“WHY CAN’T AMERICA DO ANYTHING RIGHT”
“THE PRESIDENT IS A TERRORIST”
“ISIS SHOULD DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
I have to admit, some of those statements have come out of my mouth, but something I’ve come to realize is why do I say these things? I blog about love everyday, and yet I can’t spread love to those I don’t like. Why do I continually hate people that are doing wrong when I myself do wrong in God’s eye?
Maybe instead of loving everyone for being people, we should start loving everyone for being family.
We all bear the same image. We all were created from God. We all are people. We all have struggles of our own. We all have stories that have shaped the person we are today.
And yet we slander each other with our mouths. We murder with our anger. We persecute our persecutors by killing them with our words.
I love to pray for my immediate family (mostly because they need a lot of prayer…). I want to start seeing the world as my immediate family, and pray everyday for them. Even if that means praying for my enemies. Even if that means praying for those I don’t like. Even if that means praying for those who speak harshly to me. Even if that means praying for those who kill my brothers and sisters.
I used the word stagnant as a picture. There has been a lack of prayer for our enemies, so they sit there. Nothing is changing them. No prayers have gone into molding their futures, so they sit there. Nothing is being done to help them. No love is being shown to them, so they sit there. They sit there and sit there and sit there, until they start getting stinky. They rot. They become even more rotten. And then we sit there. We let them do evil. We let them attack, and we sit there. We let them become angry. We let them damage the world, and we sit there. Until we start to become stinky. We start to rot. And nothing gets done.
If there are no prayers to be prayed, then there will be no prayers to be answered.
Don’t become stagnant. Don’t let your enemies become stagnant. Don’t rot. Don’t let your enemies rot. Don’t become stinky. Don’t let your enemies become stinky.
Stagnant Christians make stagnant enemies.
And yes. I love the word stinky.
Pray for your enemies. Ask God to change their hearts. Be lights in their world. Allow Jesus to do what He does best. And keep loving your family. Keep loving your immediate family. Keep loving the world. Never stop praying, and never stop loving.
Love you dudes, but more importantly, Jesus loves you dudes. Shoot me an email at email@example.com. I’d love to chat and talk about life and Jesus. Also follow our twitter @notofthenorm and like our facebook page facebook.com/notofthenorm. Next week I start working at a camp, so blogging will be difficult. Keep on keeping on my brothers and sisters.