It seems unbelievable that anyone would seek to destroy a whole group of people, and yet genocide happens often. Recent examples include the slaughter of the Darfuri in Western Sudan, the “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia, and the Holocaust of World War 2. World leaders have been reflecting on such events over the past few weeks.
Is there any way forward?
I remember something that Jesus Christ said. He was challenging some of the traditions of his time. One was about how to treat people whom we regard as enemies. His own nation had committed genocide in the past and thought it was justifiable. Jesus disagreed. Let me paraphrase what he said. “You’ve heard”, he stated, “that you should love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and do good to those who hate you”.
His words were as radical and fresh then as they are today.
Perhaps, if we want change, it must begin with us. If there is someone or some people we don’t like, someone we resent, someone we even hate, recognise it, and seek God’s help.
Love your enemies.
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