We hear the word enemy pretty often. It`s a concept we have pretty down pat by the time we are five. We know that the evil stepmother, the big bad wolf and the dragon are the enemy. We know that they are trying to destroy us. We know to cheer when enemies die. That`s child`s play for you.
By the time we get to be adults the characters have changed but the story line is the same. The enemy varies; the person who cheated you in business, the person who stole your wife away from you, the father who abused you, the one who always sabotages you at work. Or maybe it`s groups of people; gangs, drug dealers, thieves. We cheer when they get their just reward. Right now public enemy #1 is Moammar Gadhafi. A lot of people will be cheering if he dies.
But as children of God we are playing a different game, with entirely different rules. God wants us to think differently about the enemy category. This Sunday we’ll be looking at Nineveh, who Jonah and Israel considered to be Public Enemy #1. God has hopes and plans for Nineveh’s repentance. This totally blows Jonah’s categories.
I need you to come to church on Sunday morning thinking about who your enemies are. God is the great Game Changer; you may have come in with your enemies, but will you leave with them?
This week’s prayer: God, you know my heart. You know the lines I’ve drawn, who is in and out, who is friend and who is foe. Give me insight into the dividing walls, and what you want to do with them.
Take some time this week to check out a blog by Willard Metzger, General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada. It’s a little window into what the Mennonite church looks like from a national perspective: http://willardmetzger.blogspot.com/