Paradise Calvary Chapel

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Pray For Your Enemies
Anonymous - Oct. 17, 2014
Devotional

Pray For Your Enemies Luke 6:27-28 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Mine is not necessarily an issue directed at me personally—not in the conventional sense. Rather, it is a conglomeration of many things directed towards many people, and due to my joys, hopes, wants, and dreams, I find myself seeing the immensity of it all. I have been a lover of science for nearly as long as I can remember; however, due to my schooling at home I never really studied it in depth. Now that I’m going to college I have taken, and plan on continuing to take science courses. I grew up knowing that evolution was deeply entrenched into our country’s education system, but it wasn’t until this year of anthropology class, that I truly appreciated it’s pervasiveness. Now, I am not being attacked personally, but my views on Christianity and what I believe as truth are questioned in essentially every lecture we hear and chapter we study. It was during my studying of this class, that the gravity of the situation impacted me. There are many fields of science, and many people study those fields. Every year, countless people go to school and are taught science by the book—and unfortunately, “by the book” is from a perspective that denies Christ. While reading, it donned on me that someone, somewhere, deeply and resolutely believes this—arguably, just as strongly as I believe in Christ. And they are leading innumerable young and innocent minds down the path of destruction. Jesus warns in Mathew, Mark, and Luke about those who cause “these little ones to sin/stumble” and that it would be better to “have a millstone hung around there neck and be thrown into the sea,” [Mathew 18:6, Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2]. There is a peril to those who lead others to sin, and I feel that it extends even—or maybe especially—to the classroom. I felt compassion for those who are being led away, but a deeper level of pity rested on me for the ones who taught this. Arguably, they just learned from their teachers, but a level of accountability must still rest on their shoulders. More importantly to me though, they will lead their lives, and eventually face death, believing these “facts.” I cannot imagine, the unspeakable horror these people will feel, when they eventually face God and realize that everything they knew, everything they mastered, and everything they taught to others, was a lie. These people devoted their lives to their belief, and they will spend eternity knowing that they were wrong. So, reading my textbook, I find myself praying for the people who wrote it. For their salvation, for mercy upon them. They are our spiritual enemies, therefore, they need our prayers.