When the World’s Heart Breaks

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.