There is something I have realized in my short 21 years on this earth. Being a Christian is the hardest decision you could make; and should make you do things that the rest of the world will call you crazy for. I mean if you think about it, everything Christ teaches… goes against the culture we live in today. I am going to drop a verse and I want you to read it twice, maybe even three times. Let it sink in and if you don’t say, “wow that’s tough” after reading it then… you’re lying.
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
The first time I read this I felt convicted, then right after I caught myself going, “seriously?” I mean what if Batman instead of tracking down the Joker for the entire movie, he went around making sure the Joker and his minions were all fed and had enough to drink? To our culture it’s laughable. To Christ it’s what we are called to do every single day. Funny… a lot of the things Christ calls us to do are laughable to the world. For me, this verse makes me frustrated; I mean, you expect me to go up to someone who is persecuting me or my family and make sure that they have enough to eat? Make sure they are properly hydrated? Matthew 5:44 goes a step further and tells you to, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” and it’s not like these are the only two instances in the Bible that talks about Loving your enemy THERE ARE 43 DIFFERENT VERSES. I’ll be honest, I have failed at this and I think I have because I still see vengeance as the world sees it. We see vengeance as getting even with someone. We take joy in seeing the people who have hurt us down and out, or when we feel like we have “evened up the score”. What if though, we start looking this subject through God’s eyes and truly live out what He has asked of us.
What if we took that employee that always brings us down at work… and took him to lunch and paid for it? And if he doesn’t go for that then at least bring him something to eat at work.
What if we took that bully aside at school and said, “I’m praying for you, is there anything specific I can pray for?”
What if we took that Atheist who is fighting for Christ name to be stricken from everywhere seeable and made sure he had enough to drink?
I mean what comeback do they have for that? None is the answer. In the last part of Romans 12:19-21 it says, “for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Maybe in doing so you show a love to someone who has never experienced love like the one only our Eternal Father can bring.
The point that really made all this hit home… was realizing I was just as messed up as everyone else, so what makes me better than that person.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”