The political conventions are over and we're coming into the homestretch (at last) of the presidential campaigns. And, yesterday, a day off for political attacks as we honored the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. It is certainly time to focus on the fact that we are all patriotic Americans, whatever the party and policy distinctions. I love following politics, complete with the "games" that are played in campaigns, but I love our country more.
So, I find the unconventional words of Jesus to be troubling, disturbing, and difficult: "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?" and "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you" (Luke 6:27-35). It is Jesus' challenge to patriots, one unresolved but one that should call us to prayer.