This from Reverend Dr. Renita Weems
Sometimes I wonder whether Jesus understood exactly what he was asking of us when he demanded, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). For real Jesus?
I will take Jesus at his word. In fact, I would like to say forgiveness, peaceableness, and the love of enemies must take priority over any form of liberation. I received a mass email last week charging that Christians to work for justice. The person claimed that Christians should “do justice,” protest, join with those on the margins. I have no qualms with this approach at all, regardless of whether I disagree with the person’s political agenda. However, the approach where Christians place justice before peace and forgiveness ought to come into question. We are called to live in peace and prayer (for discernment) prior to action and engagement with society. By placing God first, and recognizing the humanity of our opponents whoever they may be (on the right or the left or the apathetic), we invite the Spirit of God to inform us on how to nonviolently respond to injustice. Otherwise, we are depending on arbitrary, subjective definitions of social justice. And that may lead to forms of esoteric and counter- violence on the part of those crying out for God’s righteousness.
Truth and Peace,