“For God so loved the world–except for Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and any other country with which the US is in conflict–that He sent his only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Does your Bible say that in John 3.16? Mine neither.
Soon after the US invaded Iraq a second time I was sitting in a class on the life of Jesus. Class had just begun and my professor opened with prayer as usual. In that moment, my eyes were opened wide to something I’d been guilty of my entire Christian life. The professor prayed for the safety of Iraqis, including their soldiers. He also prayed for the safety of American soldiers.Can this be? I had never considered it possible to be a Christian in America AND pray for the country’s enemies.
Thoughts of that moment were reawakened this morning in a worship gathering at Hopwood Christian Church when the pastor prayed for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. I was immediately whisked back to that undergraduate classroom opening prayer.Why is it that an enemy of America is often seen as an enemy of Christians who happen to live in America? Do you see a difference in being an American and a Christian?
Does your church pray for these war-torn countries? Do you?
This is a tough issue; I understand that. It’s not a question of whether I, or you, love America. It’s a question of who God loves.