I’ve wondered out loud for years what it would take for Christians to put aside their strife and worldly ideologies to pursue the the true faith once given.
My thought was that it would take something terrible to turn us around. I thought maybe it would be the pandemic, but that just resulted in more division and scorn for each other.
“For the enemy, God gave up life, gave up everything; now you give your enemies what you have: bread if they are hungry, water if they are thirsty, help if they are weak, blessing, mercy, love of the enemy. Are they worth that? Yes. Who would be worthy of our love, who would need our love more than the one who hates? Who is poorer than such a person, who is more in need of help, who is more in need of love than your enemy? Have you ever looked at your enemy in this way, as the one who basically stands in front of you, poor as a beggar, and who asks you, without being able to say it himself or herself: help me, grant me the one thing that can still lift me out of my hate, grant me love, the love of God, the love of the crucified Savior.”