[quote="OneSheep, post:1, topic:259559"]
Okay, folks, it's not love the sinner, hate the sin. It's" love the sinner, not the sin", and better yet, "love the sinner, forgive the sin"! Problem is, it is very difficult to forgive policies because they affect the future, and the future looks dismal when policies that go against our moral codes are in effect. We feel as if things are out of control, and it is very difficult to forgive when we have that notion.
I was adamantly against the war in Iraq, and I marched against it, wrote politicians, and did all I could to stop it from happening. I am also against the use of drones (if those things were flying around here, I would be part of the insurgency, though my style is diplomatic). I forgave Bush and Cheney almost every day, and I do the same with Obama, not only for continuing violent ways of resolving conflict, but for others reasons too.
When I was in a particularly judgmental mode, I went to a priest, who told me "it is not to condemn or condone, but understand." I took those words to heart. Jesus says, "seek, and you shall find." So understanding is possible! The problem is, what is the question, and when do you know that you have the answer? If I start with the question "Why does Bush seek to solve this problem militarily?" or "Why does Obama support abortion?" I have to seek, investigate, and probe their motives and awareness, as well as my own. Why would I do what he is doing? If my answer is "because he is evil, because he is stupid, because he is possessed, pandering, hypocritical, selfish, (anything negative)", then I am not understanding, I am still condemning. It is important for me to find their particular blindness, i.e. blindness to the humanity of the unborn, blindness to the humanity of those against us in the Middle East, etc, and the reason for the blindness. I am done when I can say, "If I had lived their experiences, had their (lack of ) awareness, I would enact the same policy."
Prayer in forgiving politicians is absolutely essential, and not just prayer for their enlightenment, but prayer for their well-being. Last, and not least, I have to do what I can to control the situation in order to forgive. I have to support adoption centers, write politicians, promote awareness of the unborn's humanity, support opposing politicians, support dialog with "enemies" such as Iranians, protest, do something to be in control, because it is very difficult to forgive when the situation seems hopeless.
I am so with you on this one. I too, did all that I could to prevent the invasion of Iraq. Not only did I write all the Senators, I also wrote all the Catholic bishops. It took me a long time to get over what I thought was 'righteous' anger. But maybe it was not righteous anger, maybe it was infiltrated with spiritual pride.
The only way is to forgive and to pray for those who we perceive to be our enemies of our ideological, religious and spiritual convictions. Anger and unforgiveness will hamper the Spirit of God in our lives. We will not know the peace of God.
Thank you so much for sharing with us.
God's peace be with you