Last night in our home group we had a lively discussion that I thought I would throw out to you all.
It actually stemmed from a conversation from the prior week where one of us was rejoicing over the difficulties of a godless organization. Many were glad to see the demise of a powerful and evil group.
Then one in our number said something to the effect of, “Doesn’t the Bible tell us not to rejoice in our enemies trouble?”
I said (and now you will see that I can be a little bit of a brat sometimes) suggested he needed to be specific with Scripture and verse if he was going to correct us. (sometimes I want to take myself home and wash my mouth out with soap – ah me)
Well – he accepted my ‘throw down’ and came back last night with this passage from Proverbs:
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Lest the LORD see it and be displeased, And He turn away His anger from him. ~ Proverbs 24:16-18
The discussion that ensued was good, and rolled out a good number of other questions. Here are some of the ideas we were tossing around, and I thought I would throw it down here and see what you all think.
Does this apply to all enemies, or just “human” entities? We are taught to love our neighbors and bless those who persecute us.
The entity in question was a huge proponent of abortion. Shouldn’t we be glad in the demise of an organization that promotes the murder of the innocent? Isn’t anything that stays the hand of evil in our nation something to rejoice over?
Does love your enemy include entities, or is it restricted to the people who are involved?
Can we love someone, and still be glad that justice has prevailed?
What kinds of questions does this raise in your heart, or what kind of answers would you like to float.
Remember the rules for Friday Q&A:
See you tomorrow.