The world’s heart is still breaking from the terrible ISIS attacks in Paris last Friday. Once again the senseless loss of life has been attributed to misguided religious beliefs. I saw an article in the Huffington Post about a pianist playing John Lennon’s iconic song of the early 1970s – “Imagine,” one of our most memorable peace anthems. The lyrics seek a world of harmony and unity – especially the removal of religious and nationalist ideologies.
Imagine there’s no countries / It isn’t hard to do,” Lennon sings. “Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace.
While I do not share Mr. Lennon’s disdain for religion and geographical boundaries, there is something more important. I believe that Jesus called us to love God and to love our neighbor – no matter what his/her religious or political leaning. As a follower of Jesus I do not condemn anyone but I am committed to praying for my enemy and even loving him into submission.