Matt 5:43″You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.*
*It should be obvious, but it isn’t, that perfect in this sense cannot mean without flaw as He who lives forever is, given the nature of man, so that perfect must denote something else, which would in these passages would be complete. We cannot be without flaw, but we can be complete in our love even if that love is in fact flawed.
Luke 6: 27″But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32″If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
These passages totally refute what Rick Warren is saying,
Last night, on Fox News, Sean Hannity insisted that United States needs to “take out” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Warren said he agreed. Hannity asked, “Am I advocating something dark, evil or something righteous?” Warren responded, “Well, actually, the Bible says that evil cannot be negotiated with. It has to just be stopped…. In fact, that is the legitimate role of government. The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers. Not good-doers. Evildoers.”
So yes, Sean, you are advocating evil, and Mr. Warren is bringing reproach on the Christ.
This is I believe the point where the one without sin may cast the first stone. That too, I believe, is also pertinent to the conversation. We are not obligated to assign a value to sin, since which sin does not cause death? Sin is not a function of the Law, which is pure and Holy, but the Law only makes sin manifest. Where are Job, Noah and Daniel if not dead? The Law cannot however make righteousness manifest, only God, who is love, can make righteousness manifest as he did through the Messiah. That one lives not by Law, but by love, and that love was made manifest before men.
The world has grown smaller with technology, and mankind with it. It is time to widened ourselves out.
UD: I put my stuff in blockquotes, just so you know.