Lines have been drawn. Do you see them? Do you feel them?
Who drew them, anyway?
What side of the line are you on? What side are they on?
Are you sure you’re on the right side? Is it too late to switch sides?
How do you feel towards those on the other side? Are you angry? Hurt? Weary? Frustrated? Confused? Annoyed? Numb? All of the above?
Are you willing to do anything with or for people on the other side?
Would you listen to them? Would you eat dinner with them? Would you bake them cookies or mow their lawn? Would you forgive them?
Too soon? Do you need more time? I understand.
I don’t like the lines being drawn. I’m guessing you don’t like them either. So what do we do? What do we all have in common? What can we agree on?
If you, like many, are struggling with all the lines that have been drawn, would you please prayerfully consider the heart of Jesus for those that crossed the line.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:43-45)
Jesus said, “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:27-31)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
The love of Jesus erases the line…You are loved, and so are they.