Your Enemy

You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
-Matthew 5:43-44

There are people who disagree with us, and with their words, make us their enemy.  The trap, is to let them be your enemy and to hate them.  But Jesus says not to do this and to instead love them.

What if the greatest sin was not mass murder, but self-righteousness?  Think about who Jesus' enemy was.  King Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus, but the religious rulers were not very interested to investigate his birth, as the wise men were.  

That enemy with real destructive power, like Herod and the Romans is always out there, often doing injustice.  They were probably the first ones that most of Jesus' hearers thought of.

But when our enemies become people from our our household, it is pernicious.

Listen to this hard saying of Jesus:
For I came to turn

a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and a man’s enemies will be
the members of his household.
The one who loves a father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; the one who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
-Matthew 10:35-37 
I believe we are seeing this today, in the Christian household.  What is tricky is that Jesus says that his coming will do this.  In other words, his working in your life will give you enemies, even in your own home.  And here is the crazy part: these enemies will see themselves as being on God's side and you as being evil.

Listen to another hard saying from Jesus about this very thing:
“I have told you these things to keep you from stumbling. They will ban you from the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering service to God. They will do these things because they haven’t known the Father or me.

-John 16:1-3
Who do I have in mind?  Progressive Christians who hate Christians who are Trump supporters.  They are not only 'blue pills', who are asleep, but in their dream life reality, they are agents of death; enforcers who are out to kill people who are awake and on a quest to set others free.

This is the same spirit of murder that was after Jesus.  This is the same spirit of religion that is man centered.

All of the reasoning against Trump (Trumpism or MAGA) is human based, faulty logic, with bad filters, distorted lenses, and demonic (1 Tim. 4:1).  Haters do not think critically, because they are indoctrinated with doctrines of demons and need deliverance.

Deception is real, delusion is real.  This is how believers come to hate other believers.