On Loving our Enemies

I think it is very easy to construe, as Rick has, that openness to dialog with our enemies is siding with the enemy.  But this is not the way of the Gospel.  The way of the Gospel is forgiveness.  We can forgive our enemy, and still try to resolve issues.  But if we do not forgive, then we are still in punishment mode. Instead of wanting  to reconcile, we want to make the other side pay for what we see as wrongdoings.

Forgiveness of Iran cannot be taken out of the context of the fact that Iranians have genuine fears of Israel, and that they see Israeli confiscation of Palestinian land as a huge injustice.  Please do not conclude that I do not see that Israel also has legitimate fears and is also pursuing what they see as justice. There is a great deal of discussion and diplomacy that can take place instead of acts of war. 

But war is just what our congress is steering us toward.  Our congress has already passed at least two laws that limit our state department's freedom to dialog with Iranian leaders and form policies.  These limits are already a violation of Just War Theory, because if we limit our dialog, war is by no means a "last resort".  The focus should always be one of forgiveness first, this is our calling.  Then we can approach our enemies with compassion.

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