For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
My wife and I enjoy going to the Illinois Indian Powwow held annually in a nearby park. Last year our granddaughter joined us. She and Grandma spent over an hour at the craft tent creating a beautiful beaded hair clip with a feather on the end.
One Saturday not too long ago my wife and I made plans to take our grandaughter birthday shopping. So we picked up B from her parents and off we went with B wearing her beaded hair clip.
After looking at toys, clothes and more it was time to check out. My wife took our purchases to the checkout line while B and I went to get a frozen drink. We met beside the store’s northern exit after Grandma had paid for the presents and walked outside with B carrying her drink, my wife carrying B and me carrying our purchases.
“Where is my hair clip?” asked B.
My wife asked her if she remembered where she had left it.
“I hung it on the cart” replied B.
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
(Matthew 5:43-45, KJV)
Most Americans remember the events of September 11th, 2001 as a time of sadness and mourning. But there was also anger, fear and even hate. Powerful emotions which were directed at the enemy, an enemy most of didn’t even know.
So our President, George W. Bush, mobilized the strongest military in the world, invaded Afghanistan and defeated the Taliban. Since then Four thousand eight hundred and sixty five American soldiers have died while Afghanistan and Iraqi casualties vary from one hundred fifty thousand to nearly a million depending upon your source.
A lot of people have died because our President, our government and many of our citizens either failed to read or chose to ignore Matthew 5:43-45.