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Monday, January 6, 2014

Ready To Love Hillary?

The Drudge Report ran with a top-of-the-page splash yesterday: "Ready for Hillary 2016?-She Makes It Official?" The headline seems a bit premature (or anti-climatic if you're already convinced she's going to run). Nevertheless, a thought ran through my mind when I saw the headline: Are we ready love Hillary?

In response to criticism over my post from the weekend, 2014: The Year of Taking Jesus Seriously, I wrote, "'Love your enemies' is probably the most radical and challenging command to deal with." When I say, "Are we ready to love Hillary?," the "we" I'm referring to are conservative and libertarian Christians. Politically speaking, Hillary Clinton is an "enemy." In the context of the "culture war," Hillary Clinton is an enemy.

So when we read the words of Jesus (Mt. 5:44-45), "But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust," we could say that conservative Christians are to love and pray for Hillary Clinton. We also have Paul's teaching regarding government officials in Romans 13, "Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed." We can add "respect" and "honor" to the list. Love, pray for, respect, and honor Hillary Clinton.

How does that sit with you? I can't say it sits very well with me but I wrote a post about taking Jesus seriously in 2014 because that's what I'm trying to do: take Jesus's teachings much more seriously. Conservatives may oppose Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to the fullest extent but what if these same conservatives spent 2014, 2015, and 2016 praying for Hillary Clinton? I could say the same to liberals and progressives about, gasp!, Ted Cruz. How would that opposition look different? How would the rhetoric change? It's definitely something worth considering.

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