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Love Your Enemies
by larry r linville

Wednesday, January 09, 2008
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I'm trying to come out of writer's cramp. This is the first poem since New Year's Eve. It's heavy on social justice.

Jesus said to love our enemies
Thatís surely not what he meant
He must not have included
Those we resent

He surely didnít mean
Those with whom we disagree
Who have beliefs
Different than we

Those who do their reading
From a different book
And dress in a way
We donít think they should look

Whose name for God is different
And their skin as well
He must approve if we
Wish them all to hell

Though he spoke of peace
And also against war
Iím sure he approved it
When we settle the score

The poor and the homeless
He must also exclude
They are all trouble makers
And itís OK to treat them rude

He must approve using scripture
To set up factions
And quote those words
To justify our actions.

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Reviewed by John Domino 8/9/2010
A timeless message! This was the "Right Time" for me to hear it!


John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 1/11/2008
I'm torn between laughing at your satire,
and pondering the possibility presented herein.

Reviewed by John Leko 1/11/2008
...words of wisdom...have given reason for thought...I am thinking.
Thank you for this Larry...
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/10/2008
You delicately bring out many fine points....

Be safe,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/10/2008
Important points powerfully made, Larry. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by D Johnson 1/10/2008
Wise and prophetic words...

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/10/2008
I do love my enemies, but sometimes it is so hard to! I am grappling with this on several fronts, and sometimes what I think is not very Christian like. God must be so disappointed in me at times when I "think ugly"! Just keep me in your prayers; I really can use 'em!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(

Excellent write!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/10/2008
Selectivity seems to fall everywhere, religion, politics, even within the family core.
Then again, the same Jesus said that His Father could destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days, was he being selective then?
Or when he said those words about the camel and the needle's eye?
God gave us that penchant for selectivity, but also the good sense how to use it.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/9/2008
Larry thank you for opening my eyes today as I too have been in a writers cramp.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/9/2008
Quite powerfully penned, my friend. It's always amazed me how so many so called 'Christians' selectively decide which of Christ's teachings they choose to follow, and completely ignore the rest, yet consider themselves to be truly devout followers.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/9/2008

Have missed you--welcome back! An excellent, excellent message in this one; well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/9/2008
Excellent way ot showing how the human mind turns what Creator's plan is into just the opposite to suit our own behavior! Superbly done Larry!

Reviewed by Christine Blake 1/9/2008
WOW! This is really a message we need to hear today, every one of us. Thank you for expressing God's love so true to the core!
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