The New Testament’s demand to LOVE is a paramount call – it extends beyond mere pleasantries exchanged with those members of one’s community and forces us to reach out to those living in the margins, to the untouchables, to loving our enemies. I was thinking about the implications of loving our enemies. The New Testament text is indeed radical. If we project the implications of that one statement, love your enemy, to the world of politics, and government the implications seem to be huge. What does “LOVE your enemy” mean, for example, for the war on terror? What does LOVE your enemy mean when people are planning to plant bombs in buses?
Is the New Testament really that extreme? Should we water this down a little?