My Enemy Brother
“When I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother”. Lyrics from a powerful song by @thebrilliancemusic. I first heard the song during the ending credits of @nations’ film Iraq. There are several minutes of flashing 16mm film portraits of Iraqis, shot by @janssenpowers. Seeing those faces on the screen, while hearing this song, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus hanging there on the cross as he looked down into the faces of those killing him. I try to comprehend how He felt in those long sufferfest hours. To have the option to use His power to make it all stop, while looking into His enemy’s faces, and to still choose to hang there until He died. I simply can’t wrap my head around it.
But on this GOOD Friday, I’m sure trying. I think about the border crisis, the racial divide in America, the pure hatred & evil drenching our planet in red. I think about those who hurt, abused and abandoned me, setting forth decades of suffering. I think of them and I try to allow my heart to LOVE. I simply can’t do that on my own. Only the Spirit that is within me can enable that, because Jesus IS love, and He lives in me. We already possess the power to love our most hated enemies. We are capable of it right NOW. What is stopping us is a fear and pride that holds us in bondage. It is not our abusers nor those we fear the most that pin us down. We choose that. And we choose to be free of that. Good Friday means that our battle is won. There is no battle left to fight.
My suffering is so very real. It’s is almost all I have ever known. I don’t know what it’s like to hang on a cross and bleed out. But the suffering I know is very real. Caused by others who are not evil, but also hurting and broken. And then we act out of fear. We close our borders, build walls, shun refugees – our brothers – for the sake of “safety”. There is nothing more safe than the death Christ endured, & His rising again to redeem his Church – us. ALL of us. We who choose Him, are already safe. We are in danger when we stiff-arm those who look different than us – our brothers. Those who even try to hurt us.
“May our shuttered hearts greet the dawn of light w/ charity & love”
Location: Chiapas, Mexico