“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
There are some seriously sick puppies out there – look at a reply to my comment about Jane Fonda looking fabulous for her age: from a certain Tammatha C. (she’s on Facebook, and she’s rabid, so watch out) September 21 at 1:06pm:
“Jennifer Macaire fact check. I know a shoulder who was there. Who was a prisoner when the cunt betrayed MY country. There is also many clips of her and her fucking meeting. The cunt should have been executed for treason decades ago. I along with many will celebrate when this cunt does**.”
Now, I don’t want to insult any shoulder who bore arms for their country* – and knowing a shoulder personally does give this person insight on Ms Fonda’s actions, I’m sure. However, aiding and abetting the enemy is rather ridiculous, isn’t it? Because face it – last weeks enemy is this week’s trading partner. I believe we fought the Germans not long ago, and today we’re importing a lot of beer and Mercedes cars…
And aiding and abetting enemies is what a good Christian does – for example, I have a letter from my great-great uncle when he fought for the North in the American civil war. He and his troop captured two southerners. Well, instead of shooting them, he wrote in his letter home: “We caught two Crackers. They were pitiful thin and hungry. We gave them some stew, and let them have a good night sleep before sending them on their way” [back to their troop – they had gotten lost]. Now, my great-great uncle obviously aided and abetted an enemy – but you know what? We’re all friends with the south now – why – we even share the same country again. So, as for the crime of aiding and abetting enemies – let’s decriminalize it, shall we? Wouldn’t it be nice if all soldiers’s mothers knew that their sons would be helped by an enemy, if they ever needed it? My wish is this – that every enemy in any war aids and abets his enemy. It’s called being a kind human being, and believe me, it’s better than killing each other. It might even please God more than fighting. Didn’t he say something about thou shalt not kill?
If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head***. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21, NIV)
*Sorry – couldn’t resist that one. She really did write shoulder.
** I’m assuming that she meant dies, because otherwise she’s out there celebrating every time Ms Fonda celebrates – which is nice, I admit, but clashes with the tone of her message.
***This isn’t a bad thing – it can mean that the person is embarrassed and blushes, or, more likely, is conscious of having a good deed done – in ancient times heated coals would be needed for cooking and as a source of heat and light. On very cold nights it could be the difference between life and death. If you had to carry hot coals you would not carry them by hand as the heat would rush onto the hand and arm. For this reason, people carried them safely on the head in a pottery urn. More to the point, a good person gives coals to their neighbor who is lacking to carry home, be they in physical or spiritual need.